Skip to main content

Teen Town Hall

The Teen Town Hall, led by the Metropolitan Education Commission’s (MEC) Youth Advisory Council, brings together students from the City of Tucson and Pima County to express their concerns on topics of their choice to community leaders such as elected officials, school superintendents, high school principals, law enforcement representatives, and the MEC Commissioners.

The Teen Town Hall offers youth an opportunity to discuss any issue they have on their minds, and for community leaders to listen, and gain a greater understanding of what is taking place in schools, neighborhoods, and communities.

Over the years, the Teen Town Hall events have served as catalysts for positive change. Examples of outcomes include the revision of curfew laws, the establishment of teen centers in neighborhoods, and visits to the Arizona State Capitol to meet with legislators regarding education funding, teacher retention, school counselor shortages, and mental health services.

2024 Teen Town Hall

Registration for the 29th Annual Teen Town Hall is Open until Friday 2.2.24.

2024 Topics:

  • Mental Health
  • Inequality in Education
  • Substance Abuse and Violence
  • College Access and Career Readiness
  • Civic Engagement
  • Climate Justice

2023 Teen Town Hall

Dialogue Circle Discussion Topics
  • Mental Health, Youth Suicide and Support Systems
  • Inequality and Inequity
  • Substance Abuse, Addiction, and Violence
  • College Access and Career Readiness
  • Civic Engagement, Leadership, and Social Justice

Mental Health Matters

Read a reflection by two Pima County Public Library teen librarians on why Mental Health Matters.”

Both attended the 27th Annual Teen Town Hall and reflect upon the comments they heard from Tucson and Pima County youth about the salience of mental health and wellbeing in their lives today.

Annual Teen Town Hall Report