Established in 1982 by Marilyn Thickett, The Association of Catholic Student Councils (TACSC) is a non-profit, faith-based organization whose mission is to develop moral leaders who positively impact the world. The organization was originally developed to support student councils at the junior high and high school levels. Today, TACSC recognizes that all students have leadership ability, and that gift simply needs to be developed. TACSC is committed to developing leadership and decision-making skills in young people so they can make a difference in their communities. Their peer-to-peer model teaches middle and high school students critical skills such as goal setting, time management, public speaking, mentorship, and servant leadership.
TACSC teaches these skills at student leadership days during the school year and a leadership conference during the summer.
The Doheny Foundation has provided scholarships for TACSC summer conferences since 2014 to give Catholic elementary school students from underserved communities the opportunity to develop these important leadership skills.