July 2020


The Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC) is in search of high school students to join the Youth Advisory Council (YAC). If you are highly motivated, interested in government, and have a desire to help your community then the YAC is right for you!

Membership in the YAC affords students opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, public speaking, advocacy, civic participation, networking, and more. Since its inception in 1992, the YAC has been of value to education policy in Tucson. Composed of high school students representing public, private, charter and parochial schools across our city and county, the YAC gives students opportunities to share their voice on topics that concern youth.

The goals of the YAC 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 members engage in activities which foster leadership, civic engagement and advocacy.

Activities include: 

  • Meetings with local elected officials and community leaders 
  • DemocraSeed youth advocacy and student voter registration project 
  • Annual Teen Town Hall 
  • Civic Engagement Day at the State Capitol in Phoenix
  • Youth and Peace Conference
  • Youth Leadership Conference & Career Fair 

While COVID-19 has affected many aspects of life including last year’s YAC members, we plan to continue the program throughout the 2020-2021 school year in person and/or virtually. We will be following the Arizona Department of Education’s lead when it comes to the decision of in person vs. virtual meetings.

The YAC meets twice a month on Mondays from August through April.  Meetings will take place via the Zoom meeting platform; the link to the meetings will be sent via email.

Applications for membership can be completed online at www.metedu.org  under the Youth Leadership tab. If you have any questions, please contact Ed Nossem, Program Coordinator at 520-670-0055, x14 or through email at ed@metedu.org


Arlene Benavidez, M.A.                                    

MEC Executive Director

Youth Advisory Council A Youth Leadership & Civic Engagement Program of The Metropolitan Education Commission


2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

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PARENT: By having a parent/guardian enter their name below they certify they understand and agree to their student participating as a volunteer in the YAC program provided by the Metropolitan Education Commission.

STUDENT: By entering my name below, I certify that all the information provided is true, correct, and complete, to the best of my knowledge, and are made in good faith. Misinformation or omission of information could result in disqualification or termination as a YAC member. I understand that I will be volunteering my time to participate in this program, and that regular meeting attendance is required for continued participation in the program.

We are an Equal Opportunity Organization. We consider applications for all positions without regard to age, race, color, religion, natural origin., sex, sexual orientation, military status, disability, or any other legally protected status pursuant to Arizona Fair Employment Practices Act, and other relevant federal, state and local laws. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify the Metropolitan Education Commission at 520-670-0055.