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 with the recruitment of two students to represent your school. Our goal is to have a cross-section of youth, representative of the diversity of our community and schools; who have a broad range of skills and abilities as well as interests. The YAC/TTC membership affords students opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, public speaking, community engagement, committee participation, project-based internships, networking, and more.
Since its inception in 1992, the YAC/TTC has been of exceptional value to the program participants and our community. Composed of middle and high school students representing public, private, charter and parochial schools across our city and county, the YAC/TTC gives youth opportunities to share their voice on topics that concern youth. They are also positioned to serve as a sounding board for our state, city, county and community leaders.
The goals of the YAC/TTC are to provide student input on policies and programs designed to improve the quality of education and the overall welfare of youth throughout Arizona, Pima County and the City of Tucson. YAC/TTC members engage in activities which foster leadership, citizenship, and self-advocacy. The YAC/TTC has been identified 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; the Youth and Peace Conference; and the Youth Leadership Conference & Career Fair.
The YAC/TTC meets twice a month on Mondays from August through April. Meetings take place at the Santa Rosa Library, 1075 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 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; mailed to 1080 S. 10th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701. If you have any questions, please contact Ed Nossem, Program Coordinator at 520-670-0055, x14.
Arlene Benavidez, M.A. Yusuf Rahman
MEC Executive Director YAC/TTC President