In March 2007, the Mayor of the Town of Sahuarita, Mayor Skelton, came to the Sahuarita High School campus to explain her vision to a group of students. She invited them to attend the Youth Day in Phoenix at the Capitol in order to get a better understanding of what a teen council was. Shortly after, the Sahuarita Teen Advisory Council was formed in June 2007.
Over 20 students attended the trip. Of those, 18 applied to form the charter group. Over the next year, the initial council members spent most of their time drafting and ratifying the first bylaws, which set the permanent number of members at 16. In their first year STAC began the tradition of the Battle of the Bands, and began making a name for themselves by volunteering at various town events, including assisting in the Grand Opening of the Municipal Complex.
The second term began in June of 2008. During this year the council continued its work at various events, and added some community service activities, including the adoption of Anza Trail Park. They also became one of the many organizations involved in the planning of the Halloween Safe House. In July of that term, the group sent four members to attend a Pod Casting conference at the University of Arizona.
During STAC’s third term, the group was recognized as an outstanding teen council in the state of Arizona by being asked to speak on the League of Cities and Towns’ informational panel on teen councils. Throughout that same year, the group was contacted several times by cities and towns from across the state for information on how to start their own teen councils.
The fourth term of STAC achieved a vision instilled by the Mayor of Sahuarita by conducting the first Teen Summit. This Summit brought select group of leaders from different youth organizations together to identify and priorities issues teens face in the community.
The fifth and sixth term of STAC was the first to develop a plan on how to integrate youth from two high schools; they fostered the partnership with other youth organizations, increased the Council’s size by adding Alternatives to bring stability to the planning and introduced more rounded activities like the Wellness Scavenger Hunt, Bowling Night and Valentines Dance to encourage more participation.
The 2017-2018 term is STAC’s tenth term
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