Greetings Educator and Youth Advocates:
The selection process for the Youth Advisory Council / Tucson Teen Congress (YAC/TTC) membership is underway, and we are seeking your assistance in the recruitment of two students to represent your school. We are seeking a cross section of youth, representative of the diversity of our community and schools; and have broad range of skills and abilities as well as interests. The YAC/TTC membership affords students opportunities for personal growth, community engagement, leadership development, public speaking skills, committee participation, board service, networking, and more.
Since its inception in 1992 the Metropolitan Education Commission’s (MEC) Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress (YAC/TTC) has proven of exceptional value. Composed of middle and high school students representing public, private, charter and parochial schools across our city and county, the YAC/TTC gives youth a strong positive voice in our community.
The goals of the YAC/TTC are to provide youth/student input on policies and programs designed to improve the quality of education throughout Pima County and to engage in activities, which foster leadership, citizenship, and the best educational opportunities for all Tucson youth. The YAC/TTC has been identified and utilized as an important contributor to the City of Tucson and Pima County community organizations to increase youth civic involvement.
Annual events include the Teen Town Hall in Tucson, Civic Engagement Day at the State Capitol in Phoenix; Youth Leadership Conference & Career Fair; Goal One: Graduate! Poster Contest; Dorothy Finley Outstanding Teen Citizen Awards; Counselor of the Year Award; Metropolitan Education Commission Crystal Apple Awards Luncheon; The Key to Employment for the 21st Century Symposium; the Youth and Peace Conference; and the College Center Advisory Committee. Members also have the unique opportunity to meet with our elected city and county officials to share and discuss ideas and concerns on what is taking place with the youth in our schools, neighborhoods, and communities. In addition, YAC/TTC students have the opportunity to travel to Phoenix with the group to meet with State Legislators to discuss education issues during the annual Civic Engagement Day event.
The YAC/TTC meets twice a month on the second and fourth Monday from September to May. Meetings take place at the MEC office located in the Santa Rosa Neighborhood Center, 1080 S. 10th Avenue., from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
We encourage your students to consider this distinctive opportunity. Applications for membership can be downloaded at www.metedu.org and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; mailed to 1080 S. 10th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701; or faxed to the MEC office at 520-670-1110. If you have any questions, please contact Ed Nossem, Program Coordinator at 520-670-0055, x14.
Arlene Benavidez, M.A. Madeleine Zheng
MEC Executive Director YAC/TTC President-Elect