Youth Advisory Council & Tucson Teen Congress

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 Friday, 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

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

Executive YAC/TTC Committee Meetings
First Wednesday of each month, 6 - 7P.M.
Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., Lower Level Meeting Room

See the main MEC Calendar page for current meeting schedule.

More About the Youth Advisory Council and Tucson Teen Congress

Since its inception in 1990, the Metropolitan Education Commission's (MEC) Youth Advisory Council (YAC) has proven of exceptional value. In 1994, another countywide teen group, Tucson Teen Congress (TTC) joined the YAC under the Commission umbrella. Composed of middle, high school and college students representing public, private and parochial schools across our city and county, the YAC/TTC gives youth a strong positive voice.

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. 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 both leadership, citizenship and the best educational opportunities for all Tucson youth.

Countywide annual co-sponsored events include

  • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Youth Leadership Conference & Career Fair
  • Transition Fair
  • Teen Town Hall
  • Goal One: Graduate! Poster Contest
  • Outstanding Teen Citizen Awards
  • YAC/TTC Summer Leadership Conference

The YAC/TTC is a supporting entity for the America's Promise, Survive the Drive, Meth Free Alliance and the Regional College Access Center (RCAC) Advisory Committee.

The YAC/TTC continues to have ongoing representatives on

  • Mayor's School District Action Task Force
  • Metropolitan Education Commission
  • League of United Latin American Citizens Youth Leadership Conference Steering Committee
  • Tucson/Pima County Commission on Addiction Treatment and Prevention
  • Tucson-Pima Public Library Youth Sub-Committee
  • Regional College Access Center (RCAC)
  • Youth Advisory Committee and the Tucson Police Department Youth Advisory Committee

The YAC/TTC has also been identified and utilized as an important contributor to the City's National League of Cities (NLC) MetLife Foundation Grant to increase youth civic involvement.

The YAC/TTC has begun its recruitment for new members and, thus, we seek a cross section of youth representative of the diversity of our community. The YAC/TTC is also interested in a broad range of students with different skills and abilities as well as interests.

Thank you for your interest, and we look forward to hearing from you


June Webb-Vignery, Ph.D.
MEC Executive Director YAC/TTC President
Georgina Valencia

The following is a testimonial from the parent of YAC/TTC youth:

The Metropolitan Education Commission’s Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress has given my children the opportunity to learn more about the issues challenging youth today and to contribute their experiences to improve our community.

The interaction with community leaders and guidance from the dedicated organizers is a unique experience which has fostered an exchange of ideas and excitement from the students participating.  The programs supported by the YAC/TCC unite students, educators and the community for the benefit of education in Pima County.

My children, a high school freshman and senior, are enthusiastic about their experience and hope to continue their efforts as well as encourage other students to become involved to positively impact our community.

Theresa Amos