Student Advisory Council
The Student Advisory Council (SAC) is my signature program, designed to actively engage high school students in government affairs and socio-political issues.
SAC was established in the fall of 2001 with energetic and public service-minded high school students representing public and private schools throughout the 15th District. Originally intended to be a forum in which members could increase their awareness of and involvement in government affairs, research a specific issue or problem of importance to youth, and author a report on this issue delineating relevant concerns and offering possible solutions, SAC has evolved into a dynamic body that accomplishes all these goals and more. Participating in community service projects together as a group was another tradition established during the first year.
Each year, the council sponsors a conference for Bay Area high school youth which addresses a contemporary teen issue and encourages students to provide feedback, and to get involved in that issue. Past conferences have included 2008’s “Viva Verde,” which discussed ways for students and young people to reduce their carbon footprints; 2009’s “It’s Right…To Know Your Rights,” which discussed the rights of minors, and how students can make sure their rights are protected;“”
In addition to the annual conference, SAC members also participate in a number of community service and other activities throughout the year. Some of these activities include the annual holiday toy giveaway at Sacred Heart Community Services, a Halloween safety event through Safe From the Start, and Human Agenda’s annual Hunger Banquet.
2012 SAC Conference
This year’s conference took place on May 6, 2012, from 11:30am to 2:30pm. This year’s SAC chose to focus on internet privacy and safety issues, as well as the dangers and benefits of social media. The event will feature a number of speakers, including myself, as well as games, and a panel discussion. SAC members also presented an original research study conducted over a year.
Interested in Joining SAC?
If you reside within the 15th Congressional district and are interested in actively participating in the governmental process, expressing your political opinions, and gaining more insight into how the American government functions, consider applying for SAC. In addition to the unique opportunity of working with a congressional office, you will also bond with youth from other schools and receive a letter of recommendation from me at the end of the school year.
Applying to SAC: Each fall, application forms are distributed to student activities directors and principals of high schools in the district. Interested students should request an application from their school upon returning from summer vacation. Applications are accepted through the second week in September. Each school is entitled to have two student representatives on the SAC and is responsible for the selection of their members, and High School students of all backgrounds and interests are welcome. Please contact Ashley Roybal or Lenine Umali of my District Office for more information.
You may contact my District Office using the following contact information:
1999 South Bascom Avenue, Suite 815,
Click here to view the 2009 SAC final report (PowerPoint)
Student committee looking at diversity and tolerance (Los Gatos Weekly Times)