At the beginning of October, the Cispus Learning Center once again hosted Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) for part of their Leadership Institute. NPH is a program helping thousands of orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children throughout Latin America. Each year, the NPH Leadership Institute brings a few of their most promising students to the northwest to learn English and engage in a comprehensive leadership curriculum so that they can become leaders in their home countries. The Cispus Learning Center is proud to be an integral part of their experience.

The second week of October, AWSL held two Fall Leadership Days in Southeast Washington. Our first day had over 180 middle school students from Tri-Cities and Yakima Valley being introduced to United Way's Attendance Matters program. Our second was an AWSL first, combining both middle level and high school students into a day of integrated and level-specific leadership education. 125 students from throughout the Blue Mountains region of Washington converged on Pomeroy for this day of leadership education and inter-school networking. Plans for next year are to expand our Eastern Washington fall leadership days to hold events in the Spokane and Yakima areas.

The Association of Washington Student Leaders not only trains the leaders of tomorrow, we use those leaders today. As part of our governing structure, AWSL is guided in its mission by an Executive Committee of 12 high school juniors and seniors from across the state. These incredible student leaders help us build our programs, and set the course for leadership education across the state. In that capacity, they delivered an inspirational message at the 2015 AWSL Fall Conference, that they'd like to share with everyone. Play the video at right to find out why, for student leaders, it's not what you do, it's why you do it.

Ashlie Gates, Administrative Assistant

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Ashlie Gates joined AWSL in January 2010. Her responsibilities include program support for high school, middle level and elementary programs, and communicating with ASB advisers, cheer coaches, parents and students. She enjoys being involved as programs unfold—from logistics and registration to the arrival each summer of more than 3,000 students at the Cispus Learning Center for Leadership Camp. Ashlie graduated from high school in 2004 in Corvallis, Mont. She enjoys camping and riding horses with her family, and currently lives in Randle with her husband, Ryan, and their sons Eli and Asa.