About NSLW

Celebrating Student Leadership

Welcome to National Student Leadership Week (NSLW), an annual celebration dedicated to recognizing and empowering the vital role of America’s young leaders. Since its inception in 1972, NSLW has evolved into a significant national event, proudly sponsored by the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Association of Student Councils, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Our Legacy: Over 50+ Years of Leadership

The journey began over five decades ago, following a U.S. Presidential proclamation. Initially celebrated as National Student Government Day, our mission was to spark interest and participation in student government. As our vision expanded, so did our scope. In 1979, we broadened our horizon to include all student leaders, renaming the event National Student Leadership Day. The 1983 milestone transformed this day into a week-long festivity, now known as National Student Leadership Week. Over the past 50+ years, millions of student leaders have been celebrated for their achievements and dedication to their schools, communities, and the world. 

Join Us in the Celebration

NSLW is more than just a commemoration; it’s an active call to recognize and support student leaders. Participating in NSLW is your opportunity to join a nationwide movement honoring student leadership. Whether you’re a student, educator, or community member, your involvement contributes to a legacy of empowering young leaders and recognizing their remarkable contributions and relentless dedication to shaping a better world.