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
Youth Advisory Council 2022-2023
The YAC meets the first Wednesday of every month from 5-6PM at the Santa Rosa Neighborhood Center.
Fall 2022 Dates Coming Soon!
The YAC 2022-2023 Student Application is now open. All youth ages 12 to 25 are eligible to apply.
Please contact Alexa Kingman at [email protected] for more information.
Teen Town Hall
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.
This year’s Teen Town Hall will be delivered in a virtual format through a Zoom Link, which will be provided upon registering for the event. To register, go to the section that pertains to you i.e., student or community leader located at metedu.org/youth.
A special thanks to our partners: Pima County, City of Tucson, Pima County School Superintendent’s Office, The Center for Community Dialogue & Training, and Pima Community College.
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
Civic Engagement Day
Civic Engagement Day will be held on June 29, 2022 from 9AM-4PM.
Registration information coming soon!
Please contact [email protected] for more information.