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Youth Advisory Council

The MEC promotes youth leadership and engagement through several events where youth take charge in the planning, participating, and organizing the event.

The MEC’s Annual Teen Town Hall allows youth to discuss the main issues brought forth by students where they set the stage for topics that will be addressed with Arizona Legislators during Civic Engagement Day.

Examples of issues include the loss of teachers, classes, electives, and school programs resulting from the lack of education funding; standardized testing issues; and more recently COVID-19.

The Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress travels to the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix each year, and meets with Arizona State legislators in order to discuss these issues.

Youth Advisory Council 2023-2024

Meeting Schedule

The YAC meets the second Sunday of every month from 4-5PM at the Santa Rosa Neighborhood Center.

Fall 2023 Meeting Dates

  • September 10, 2023
  • October 8, 2023
  • November 12, 2023
  • December 10, 2023

Spring 2024 Meeting Dates

  • January 14, 2024
  • February 10, 2024
  • March 10, 2024
  • April 14, 2024
  • May 12, 2024

YAC Leadership


Emilia Kim

Vice President


Nina Raju


Joyeuse Mujambere

MEC Youth Commissioner

Jude Poirier

Jude Poirier is currently serving as one of two Commissioners for the Youth Advisory Council. He is currently a senior in high school at BASIS Tucson North, and joined the council in the 2022-2023 year. He is passionate about education, and has worked as a tutor, classroom teacher, and teaching assistant. He hopes to become an educator in the future, and hopes that his passion for education will make his term as a YAC commissioner especially successful. In his free time, he loves listening to classical music, playing the flute, and trying new food.

MEC Youth Commissioner

Alejandro Tavera-Reyes