Welcome to AWSL!

A Bit About Us

The Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) sponsored its first student leadership program in 1956. Since then, AWSP has continued to grow and adapt its student leadership programs to meet the changing needs of students and schools.

Today, AWSP's student leadership office, the Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL), serves more than 12,000 Washington students and advisers annually through a variety of programs. More than 500 volunteers help us facilitate programs each year.

Our Mission

AWSP will provide student leadership programs that support and increase the academic and social success of all students.

Service to Schools

To fulfill our mission, the Association of Washington Student Leaders offers a variety of training opportunities: camps, retreats, conferences, publications and workshops. Guided by rigorous goals and objectives, AWSL is recognized as a national model of excellence. Learn more about our programs and our rich, 60 year history of service to schools.


Upcoming Events

Ongoing Events

  • The second edition of AWSL's groundbreaking high school leadership curriculum, Building Leaders for Life, is available right today. This 400+ page curriculum guide contains a comprehensive Getting Started section, almost 94 lessons and activities in 5 content areas, and a collection of organizational tools and assessments. Included is a PDF of all 137 lesson handouts. This update of the 1992 classic will be an invaluable addition to any leadership program's library.
  • This fall, AWSL will be hosting ¡La Chispa! bilingual, bicultural, middle-level retreats across the state. As one of the demographic groups in the state with the highest dropout rates, ¡La Chipsa! uses near-peer role models to help show them that success in school is possible, and a curriculum that values the entirety of their cultural and linguistic assets.

To see what else we have going on and what we've been up to, check out the archives of our In The Loop newsletter.

What's been happening at AWSL, Cispus, and Chewelah Peak?

As they have consistently done for a decade and a half, PEMCO is proud to continue their support of student leadership development by sponsoring 15 Emerging Leaders summer camp scholarships in 2017. High schools in Washington are encouraged to nominate an emerging leader from an under-represented population to attend an AWSL summer leadership camp at Cispus or Chewelah Peak, paid for by the PEMCO Emerging Leaders grant. Under-represented students could include socio-economic, ethnicity, or strong informal leadership within the school.

Coming to Chewelah Peak?

Visit the Chewelah Peak website for a packing list, directions, and weather information.

Coming to Cispus?

Visit the Cispus website for a packing list, directions, and weather information.