The Adolescent Champion Teen Advisory Council (TAC TAC)
Who We Are
The Adolescent Champion Teen Advisory Council (TAC TAC) is a diverse group of youth ages 15-22 in the Washtenaw County area who serve as an advisory council to the Adolescent Health Initiative.
In the spirit of “Nothing about us, without us,” AHI relies on TAC TAC youth to inform its programs, help plan and execute the annual Conference on Adolescent Health, and develop new programs and projects that integrate youth voice into adolescent health care. TAC TAC meets once a month during the school year. TAC TAC members receive stipends for their participation and work in TAC TAC.
TAC TAC’s Mission
To empower youth in health care settings by integrating diverse youth voices and values into programs, projects, and resources.
AHI Youth Reps is an open, ongoing group of youth ages 15-22 who are interested in AHI’s vision to transform the health care landscape to optimize adolescent and young adult health and well-being.
This group provides youth perspectives to a variety of projects on an as needed basis. This opportunity is great for young people who want their voice to be heard and contribute to positive outcomes in adolescent health, with the added benefit of flexibility to choose what projects to be involved in.
Projects may include:
- Brief surveys
- Recording video vignettes
- Event planning
- Resource development.
Compensation may be available on a per project basis.
Members of TAC TAC work throughout the year on projects ranging from posters, to videos, to tools that health centers can utilize to make their practice more adolescent-centered. These resources can be found throughout our website. See below for a preview of just some of the projects TAC TAC has completed over the years.
Interested in working with TAC TAC? Contact our TAC TAC Co-Facilitators, Lauren Vasquez (she/her) and Mava Cooper (she/her) below.
Arya is currently a senior at Huron High School and is excited to participate in TAC TAC this year. She is particularly interested in the science and advocacy sides of health care. She is the Head of Communications for the PPAM Youth Advocacy Team, where she advocates for reproductive justice. She is a Peer Educator for Planned Parenthood and educates her peers and community about sexual health. She is also president of her school’s HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Club and a member of ETR’s Youth Engagement Network. TAC TAC has provided Arya with the opportunity to shape the health care other adolescents like her receive and amplify youth voice in these settings and beyond.
Aayush Unadkat is currently a freshman at the University of Michigan studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. He is passionate about helping adolescents understand the importance of their mental health, as well as the resources they have available to them. He is also enthusiastic about increasing accessibility in adolescent healthcare and ensuring holistic care for all. TAC TAC has provided Aayush with an outlet to learn more about the issues that youth face as well as provide input into how they can be improved. TAC TAC has allowed him to hear and learn from intelligent and open-minded people and for that, he is extremely grateful!
Allison Mi is a sophomore at Huron High School. She is very passionate about promoting the importance of adolescent well-being, especially when it comes to mental health. She is very excited to join TAC TAC this year to help amplify the voice of her peers when it comes to important decision-making regarding their health. At school, Allison is part of Huron’s newspaper, orchestra, the women’s golf team, and clubs and organizations such as HOSA and Inno education.
Brooklynn is finishing their associates of applied sciences at Wayne County Community College through the Belleville High School Early Middle College program. She is passionate about helping advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves and making sure that LGBTQ+ individuals get the care they need. Joining TAC TAC has given them an opportunity to expand their knowledge on presenting, gain connections, and help advocate for adolescents everywhere to get the confidence to speak up about what they need from their doctors. In her spare time, she reads plenty of fiction novels, and spends time with her family.
Chris is a junior at the University of Michigan majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience; his interest in social justice led him to minor in Social Class and Inequality Studies. Chris has a passion for adolescent health care advocacy work and serves on the School-Based Health Alliance Youth Advisory Council in addition to TAC TAC. Through these roles, he has gained an appreciation for adults who serve as allies for youth voices. Chris is extremely grateful to TAC TAC and AHI for giving him a space to voice his opinion on adolescent health care. Furthermore, he works as a Research Assistant at the School of Dentistry’s Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences, and Endodontics. In his free time, Chris enjoys attending Michigan athletics events, exploring Ann Arbor, hammocking in the Arb, and listening to music.
Dakarai Young is a junior at Huron High School. He is very passionate about public health and sports medicine. At school, he takes part in HOSA BPA Rising scholars Black student union and Red Cross as well as being a musician and varsity athlete. Becoming a member of the Teen Advisory Council has been an excellent opportunity for him to learn from other perspectives and coming up with ways youth voices can be heard.
Jeren Ghoujeghi is a freshman at Wayne State University studying Public Health. She is passionate about the accessibility and quality of women’s health care as she aspires to become an obstetrician-gynecologist. TAC TAC has given her an outlet to learn and provide perspective on how we can make the adolescent health care experience better. Jeren loves to go to the gym, listen to music, and spend time with loved ones.
My name is Thaliana, and I am currently a student at the University of Detriot Mercy and previous WCC alumni at the age of 18. I love helping others, creating a difference, and being the best me I can be. What TAC TAC does is an extraordinary job. We help voice our community when it feels like no one is listening and what we do is feel heard. A journey and experience worth every bit of time that we’re together. Making a difference, one step at a time.