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Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC) 2015-2016 Meeting Schedule

All meetings take place at:
Tucson Pima Public Library, Lower Level Meeting Room
101 N. Stone Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701
4:00-6:00p.m.
*except where noted

2015

* RETREAT – Saturday, August 8, 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 Noon, U of A Student Union Catalina Room
September 16
October 21
November 18
December 16

2016

January 20
February 17
March 16
April 20
May 18


26TH Annual Crystal Apple Awards Luncheon

The 26th Annual Crystal Apple Awards Luncheon will take place on Friday, April 29th, 2016 at the Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel, 7350 S. Nogales Highway, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Reservations are $75.00 per seat for individuals. For Table, Patron, Gold, or Platinum Sponsorships, please click on one of the links below for the Crystal Apple Awards Luncheon Pledge Form:
Crystal Apple Awards Pledge Form docx
Crystal Apple Awards Pledge Form doc
Crystal Apple Awards Pledge Form PDF
 

Twenty-six years ago, the Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC) founders had a dream of creating a Tucson/Pima County Education Commission.  Community leaders like Edith Auslander, Chuck Ford, Dorothy Finley, Don Deal, Vivian Juan, Raul Grijalva, Panfilo Contreras, and others, envisioned an organization that would advocate for our children’s education and develop programs to address high school graduation and higher education access and success.  Since its inception in 1990, the MEC has achieved that goal, and much more. As the first of its kind in the United States, the MEC has launched programs like the first in Arizona Regional College Access Center (RCAC), the RCAC’s Student Ambassadors Program, the Key to Employment for the 21st Century Symposium focusing on STEM programs, and the Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress (YAC/TTC) which has been the model for other youth advocacy groups across the United States.

The 2016 Crystal Apple Honorees are:
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Dr. John Pedicone
EDUCATION ADVOCATE AWARD: General Ronald Shoopman
TEACHER AWARD: Ms. Jennifer Anglin, Flowing Wells Junior High School, Flowing Wells Unified School District
SCHOOL COUNSELOR AWARD: Judy Bowers
CORPORATE AWARD: Cox Communications
SMALL BUSINESS AWARD: Elliot Accounting
YOUTH AWARD: Nayra Ochoa, Rincon High School, Tucson Unified School District

A video chronicling the MEC’s history and accomplishments was produced by Media Source America and presented at last year’s event.  The video may be viewed here: 

If you have any questions please call us at 520-670-0055 or email at metcom@theriver.com


The Key To Employment For The 21st Century Symposium

The 19th Annual Key to Employment for the 21st Century Symposium was held on February 3, 2016 at the University of Arizona Student Union Ballroom, 1303 E. University Blvd.

It was a great success! Check back here in a few months for info about the 2017 Key to Employment event.

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.

2016 Key to Employment Exhibitors: Fill out and submit an exhibitor form for this event. Forms must be submitted by January 15, 2016 to reserve a space at the event. 

Please donate to this great event. The Key to Employment has inspired students to pursue college, science, technology, and 21st Century careers. Your donation allows more youth to attend and learn about hi-tech careers that are available to them. Let's show our students that they can be a part of the 21st Century. Donate now.


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 follow the link below:
http://metedu.org/rcac/


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 theCity 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 2015-2016 YAC/TTC Meeting Schedule is as follows:

  • August 2015
  • MEC Retreat August 8, 2015
    7:45 a.m. — 12:00 Noon
    U of A Student Union Catalina Room
  • September 2015
  • Wednesday, September 2
  • Wednesday, September 16
  • October 2015
  • Wednesday, October 7
  • Wednesday, October 21
  • November 2015
  • Wednesday, November 4
  • Wednesday, November 18
  • December 2015
  • Wednesday, December 2
  • Wednesday, December 16
  • January 2016
  • Wednesday, January 6
  • Wednesday, January 20
  • February 2016
  • Wednesday, February 3
  • Wednesday, February 17
  • March 2016
  • Wednesday, March 2
  • Wednesday, March 16
  • April 2016
  • Wednesday, April 6
  • Wednesday, April 20
  • May 2016
  • Wednesday, May 4

 

If you have any questions please contact MEC Executive Director Dr. June Webb-Vignery at 520-670-0055.

Please select the link below for the application:

YAC TTC Letter and Application docx

Email completed application to: metcom@theriver.com or fax to 670-1110


Crystal Apple School Counselor Award

Do you know a school counselor in Pima County that has gone above and beyond to help students stay in school or provided exceptional guidance toward college and/or a career?

We want to know about them too!

The Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC) is seeking nominations for the School Counselor Crystal Apple Award to be given to a K-12 school counselor who has provided exceptional support and guidance to students. Nominations will be accepted by an individual or group using the accompanying form. The nominations can be submitted along with endorsements and anything else that supports the claim that education and future planning is a top priority for this nominee. guidance toward college and/or a career?

Through the Crystal Apple Awards the MEC brings the community together to support systems of education that ensure both equity and excellence. The presentation of the Crystal Apple Awards celebrates the positive collaboration within the communities of education, business, government and the general population. The Crystal Apple Awards Luncheon will take place on FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016 at the Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel, 7350 S. Nogales Highway, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

No contribution is too small in the eyes of the MEC because community recognition is a powerful tool that can educate and motivate people! Please take the time to complete this nomination form and give the MEC an opportunity to recognize a school counselor’s efforts on behalf of education in our community.

Download:  School Counselor Nomination Form

Or email us for more info: metcom@theriver.com

2016 Dorothy O. Finley Outstanding Teen Citizen Awards

The MEC's Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress (YAC/TTC) is pleased to announce the 20th 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 are selected by their peers and acknowledged as winners of the Dorothy Finley Outstanding Teen Citizen Award. One of these ten winners is the recipient of the MEC's prestigious Crystal Apple Youth Award. The ten youth are recognized and honored by the community at the 26th Annual Crystal Apple Awards Luncheon, which will take place at the DesertDiamond Hotel & Casino on Friday, April 29, 2016.

Download:  Nomination Form

The 2016 Outstanding Teen Citizens are:

Andriana Arellano
Morgan Maxwell K-8 School
Tucson USD

Arianna Baca
Palo Verde High School
Tucson USD

Karmae Douglass
Andrada Polytechnic High School
Vail USD

Brennen Feder
Catalina Foothills High School
Catalina Foothills USD

William Felix
Desert View High School
Sunnyside USD

Christina Griffith
Robert Naylor K-8 School
Tucson USD

Kyle Hetherington
Rincon High School
Tucson USD

Nancy Sierras Morales
Desert View High School
Sunnyside USD

Stephen Narcho
Cholla High School
Tucson USD

*Nayra Ochoa
Rincon High School
Tucson USD
*Crystal Apple Youth Honoree

Veronica Meraz-Preciado
Pima Partnership High School

Isabelle (Tracy) Rodriguez
Rincon High School
Tucson USD

Meena Venkataramanan
Catalina Foothills High School
Catalina Foothills USD


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

The Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC) is proud to announce the 21st Annual Goal One: Graduate!/Meta Numero Uno: Graduar! Poster Contest WINNERS!

They are:

Elementary School Category:
Anyssa Lira, 5th Grade
Mary Belle McCorkle Elementary School, Tucson USD

Middle School Category:
Jillian Smith, 7th Grade
Esperero Canyon Middle School, Catalina Foothills USD

High School Category:
Lin Huang, 9th Grade
Amphitheater High School, Amphitheater USD

The winners have been invited to attend, and given special recognition at the Metropolitan Education Commission’s Crystal Apple Awards Luncheon, which is scheduled for FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016 at the Desert Diamond Hotel & Casino, 7350 S. Nogales Highway.


MEC Teen Town Hall

The MEC’s 21st Annual Teen Town Hall took place on Friday, October 23, 2015 at Catalina High School. 190 students from every school district in Pima County and 30 community leaders were in attendance.

A video of interviews with participants was produced by Tucson Unified School District’s Communications Office, here is the video below:

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.

The Teen Town Hall offers youth an open opportunity to discuss any issue they have on their minds, and for community leaders to hear what is taking place in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities. We invite you to dialogue with youth, answer questions, and/or make suggestions. These events are catalysts for positive change; previous Teen Town Halls have resulted in the revision of curfew laws and the establishment of teen centers in neighborhoods where there were few opportunities for youth activities.


2016 Student Civic Engagement Day

At the MEC’s 2015 Teen Town Hall, the main issues brought forth by students were lack of adequate education funding; the loss of teachers, classes and electives, and school programs resulting from the lack of education funding; and standardized testing issues. The Youth Advisory Council/Tucson Teen Congress took away these topics and organized a Student Advocacy Day, travelling to the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix on March 2, 2016 to meet with Arizona state legislators in order to discuss these issues. The students met with House and Senate leadership, as well as with members of the Southern Arizona Legislative Delegation.


Resolution of the Metropolitan Education Commission Regarding the Arizona State Fiscal Year 2016 Funding for Education

The Metropolitan Education Commission (MEC) was established by Tucson Mayor & Council and the Pima County Board of Supervisors to advise and advocate on education issues.  The Resolution Regarding the Arizona State Fiscal Year 2016 Funding For Education was passed unanimously by the Commissioners on March 26, 2015.

pdf Resolution of the Metropolitan Education Commission Regarding the Arizona State Fiscal Year 2016 Funding for Education