Metropolitan Education Commission News

Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC) 2014-2015 Meeting Schedule

All meetings take place at:
Tucson Pima Public Library, Lower Level Meeting Room
101 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701
*except where noted


*October 15 — MEC Office, 930 E. Broadway Blvd.
November 19
December 17


January 21
February 18
March 18
April 15
May 20

Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress (YAC/TTC)

The MEC’s Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress (YAC/TTC) is recruiting new members!

Since its inception in 1990, the Metropolitan Education Commission’s (MEC) Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress (YAC) 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. In October of 1993, the Tucson Mayor and Council and the Pima County Board of Supervisors amended the resolutions establishing the MEC to include two youth representatives on the MEC. These students are chosen by the YAC/TTC to represent youth in the MEC’s decision-making process.

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.

The Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress core group meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the months September through May at the Joel D. Valdez Public Library, 101 N. Stone Avenue, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The 2014-2015 YAC/TTC Meeting Schedule is as follows:

  • August 2014
  • MEC Retreat August 9, 2014
  • September 2014
  • Wednesday, September 3
  • Wednesday, September 17
  • October 2014
  • Wednesday, October 1
  • Wednesday, October 15 at MEC Office
  • November 2014
  • Wednesday, November 5
  • Wednesday, November 19
  • December 2014
  • Wednesday, December 3
  • Wednesday, December 17
  • January 2015
  • Wednesday, January 7
  • Wednesday, January 21
  • February 2015
  • Wednesday, February 4
  • Wednesday, February 18
  • March 2015
  • Wednesday, March 4
  • Wednesday, March 18
  • April 2015
  • Wednesday, April 1
  • Wednesday, April 15
  • May 2015
  • Wednesday, May 6
  • Wednesday, May 20


If you have any questions please contact MEC Program Coordinator Ed Nossem at 520-670-0055.

Please click the link below for the application:

YAC TTC Letter and Application docx

Email completed application to: or fax to 670-1110


The MEC’s 20th Annual Teen Town Hall will take place on Friday, October 17, 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Catalina Magnet High School Auditorium, 3645 E. Pima Street.

The Teen Town Hall, sponsored by the MEC’s Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress, Pima County, and the City of Tucson, brings students from around Tucson and Pima County together to express their opinions and voice their concerns on any topic of their choice to elected officials, school superintendents, high school principals, law enforcement representatives, MEC Commissioners, and other community leaders.

Together we will be able to listen, learn, and find solutions to some concerns of our community’s youth. Most recently, members of the YAC/TTC and area students had the opportunity to discuss issues on higher education, youth employment/internships, youth services, and safety with individual community adult leaders. We sometimes forget that the teens of our community have issues and concerns affecting their everyday lives, and many adults forget their responsibility to hear these young people and to provide solutions.


The Key to Employment for the 21st Century Symposium - February 11, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., University of Arizona Student Union Ballroom, 1303 E. University Blvd.

Students and educators from around Pima County attend this annual event which is supported by the City of Tucson, Pima County, the University of Arizona, and Pima Community College. This Symposium is designed to introduce students to high tech industries as career options for their future, and since its inception has reached over 6,000 students.

2015 Key to Employment Exhibitors: Click here to fill out and submit an exhibitor form for this event. Forms must be submitted by January 16, 2015 to reserve a space at the event. 



Crystal Apple Awards Honor Educators, Students, Business Leaders

The 24th Annual Crystal Apple Awards Luncheon took place on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel, 7350 S. Nogales Highway.

The Crystal Apple Awards honor individuals that contribute to excellence in education in Tucson and Pima County.

The 2014 Crystal Apple Award Honorees are:

EDUCATION ADVOCATE AWARD - Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

TEACHER AWARD - Dayna Burke, Sahuarita Primary School, Sahuarita Unified School District

TEACHER AWARD - Tabetha Finchum, Centennial Elementary School, Flowing Wells Unified School District

COUNSELOR AWARD – Joy Barr, Presidio High School

CORPORATE AWARD – Tech Parks Arizona

YOUTH AWARD –Mackenzie Fritz, Ironwood Ridge High School

The honorary co-chairs of the event are Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and Richard Elías, Pima County Board of Supervisors.

The 2015 Crystal Apple Awards Luncheon will take place in early May 2015. We will be accepting RSVP’s starting in Fall 2014. Make reservations by calling the MEC at 670-0055 or e-mail:

Funds raised benefit the Metropolitan Education Commission’s Regional College Access Center.  Media representatives are also invited to the ceremony. For background information on the awards or honorees or to arrange an interview, call June Webb-Vignery at 670-0055.

Dorothy O. Finley Outstanding Teen Citizen Awards

The MEC’s Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress (YAC/TTC) is pleased to announce the 18th Annual Dorothy Finley Outstanding Teen Citizen Awards Honorees! The award is presented to deserving young persons who have contributed or made a difference to the community, as well as improving their own life.

Ten youth were selected by their peers and acknowledged as winners of the Dorothy Finley Outstanding Teen Citizen Award. One of these ten winners was the recipient of the MEC’s prestigious Crystal Apple Award.  The ten youth were recognized and honored by the community at the 24th Annual Crystal Apple Awards Luncheon, held at the Desert Diamond Hotel & Casino on May 2, 2014.

The 2014 Dorothy Finley Outstanding Teen Citizen Awards Honorees are:

Ryleigh Carrier - Presidio Charter High School
Alejandro Flores - Cholla High School
Mackenize Fritz** - Ironwood Ridge High School
Helene Green - Catalina Magnet High School
Leeanna Godinez - Pueblo High School
Rodolfo Leyva - PPEP Tech High School
Elisa Molina - Cholla High School
Samantha Nettling - Canyon Del Oro High School
Skyler Vaillencourt - Presidio Charter High School
Vinessa Vidotto - Desert View High School
** Crystal Apple Youth Honoree

Enter the Goal One: Graduate! / Meta Numero Uno: Graduar! Poster Contest

The Metropolitan Education Commission invites Pima County’s Elementary, Middle & High School students to participate in the Goal One: Graduate! / Meta Numero Uno: Graduar! Poster Contest.

Winners attended & were given special recognition at the MEC’s 24th Annual Crystal Apple Awards Luncheon on Friday May 2, at Desert Diamond Hotel & Casino, 7350 S. Nogales Highway.

The poster theme should inspire and/or reflect your educational goal for continued higher education.


The 2014 Goal One: Graduate!/Meta Numero Uno: Graduar! Poster Contest winners are:

Elementary School Category Prize Winner:
Yasmin Corrales-Baez, Robison Elementary School, TUSD - $100.00

Middle School Category Prize Winner:
Alex Gomez, Booth-Fickett Middle School, TUSD - $100.00

High School Category Prize Winner:
Stephanie Acevedo, Pima Partnership High School - $100.00

Contest criteria:
Poster Size - 11” x 17” - minimum, 14” x 18” - maximum
Medium - Any type of art medium may be utilized

Within the poster artwork the theme title MUST INCLUDE either and/or both:

Due Date:
*2015 Poster Contest TBD*. Entries can be mailed or dropped off at:
Metropolitan Education Commission, 930 E. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719

PLEASE NOTE: All poster entries become the property of the Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC).

Each poster submission MUST have the following attached to the back of the poster:

Student Name
Teacher Contact
Student Home Address
Parent/Guardian Telephone Number
If you have any questions please contact us at 520-670-0055 or email:

Regional College Access Center (RCAC)

Facilitates the access to and success in college for all Pima County students, with a special focus on students from low-income households or who are the first in their family to attend post-secondary education programs. For more information, please click on the link below: