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

  • In a new program this year, AWSL is offering a Winter Retreat at the Chewelah Peak Learning Center Feb 24-26, 2018 for high school student leaders and their advisers. Reflect on your school leadership team and personal growth; Recharge your team, learning new skills to learn and lead; Refocus your goals and commitments to get motivated for a strong end of the school year. As always, for further information, download the full registration packet on our Registration Forms page.
  • In conjunction with the National Conference on Student Activities, AWSL is arranging for The Original Faces of America to be presented December 1st 12:00 - 1:30 pm at Spokane Falls College. Eastern Washington and North Idaho high schools are all encouraged to send students to this powerful presentation. Cost is $10 per attendee, and schools must register in advance - see our registration forms.
  • AWSL will be hosting the 2017 National Conference on Student Activities (NCSA) December 1-3, 2017 in Spokane. Please join us in making making this year's NCSA Conference extraordinary. This is a chance to show off to the rest of the nation the incredible things that student leadership programs in Washington are doing. Register before October 31 for the early bird rate or AWSL's group rate for camp staff. Online registrations at the standard rate will be accepted until November 15.
  • The new and seriously bulked up edition of AWSL's elementary leadership curriculum, Inspiring Students to Lead, is currently available. The 161 page curriculum now includes model lesson plans on critical leadership concepts, with 15 student handouts in both English and Spanish, three leadership workshop plans with facilitator script, and a manual on inclusive recess and table games. This curriculum is great for any elementary school wishing to build their culture and climate, or for high school leadership programs looking to reach out to the elementary level as an advanced leadership opportunity.
  • The second edition of AWSL's groundbreaking high school leadership curriculum, Building Leaders for Life, is available 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.

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?

Trained school mascots can be a dynamic part of a school's leadership program. This is a reminder that it’s not too late to sign up for AWSL and NCA’s mascot training at CheerLeadership Camp session 1, July 17-21 at CWU. Mascots are welcome from any school, whether your school's cheerleaders are attending camp or not – we even had a mascot come all the way from Japan last year! See our Registration Forms to sign up your mascot for this unique opportunity to gain the skills to become more than just a person in a costume at CheerLeadership Camp session 1.

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.