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.
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 us below.
Andrej cares about the issue of substance abuse among adolescents. Too often he sees friends and acquaintances fall victim to it, impeding their happiness and potential for success in life. This is Adrej’s second year in TAC TAC, and he has had a great time. He enjoys sharing his adolescent perspective and being actively involved in improving health care for others. TAC TAC is comprised of interesting and intelligent people, and to be able to share ideas with them on a regular basis is something he is grateful for.
AK is passionate about finding ways to end healthcare disparities among teens, and they have particularly focused their work on supporting queer and transgender youth within the healthcare system. AK is a part of TAC TAC to continue such advocacy work and learn about how young people can affect change in the healthcare system.
Anusha is a sophomore at Washtenaw International High School. She is enthusiastic about the intersection between the science and advocacy sides of health care. She is a Peer Educator for Planned Parenthood, where she educates youth about sexual health in and out of the classroom. She is president of her school’s GIDAS (Genes and Diseases in Symptoms) Club and is a representative for her grade in Student Government. TACTAC has provided her with opportunities to continue to expand on her interests and start conversations about adolescent health care, and most importantly, what it means to have everyone’s voices heard.
Adolescent sexual education is of the utmost importance to Chris Oshana. It is important for youth to be properly educated on the risks of unsafe sex, consent laws, and how to protect themselves from STIs and sexual abuse. Chris also values the increasing legitimization of adolescents when speaking with their healthcare providers. Valuing youth voice in a healthcare setting is necessary for those that work in adolescent healthcare. Chris is extremely grateful to TAC TAC and AHI for giving him a space to voice his opinion on adolescent health care. Youth voice is extremely necessary when making decisions about adolescent health care, and the work that AHI clearly shows that!
Nicole is currently a senior at Community High School in Ann Arbor. Outside of school and dancing, she is passionate about making health care for adolescents accessible and approachable. She believes that we, as a community, need to create an environment where all adolescents feel not only capable of managing their own health but also compelled to do so. TAC TAC has provided her with the opportunity to cross over from the patient side of health care and actively work with others to shape the care she and so many other adolescents receive— and for that she is extremely grateful.
Paige Brown-Danovi is a sophomore studying Secondary Education English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. She has worked with many other youth-led organizations, including being a teacher’s aide and board member at The Little Lake Learning Community, being a fellow with The Placed-Based Education/Youth Driven Spaces fellowship at Eastern Michigan University, and working as a tutor through 826 Michigan. TAC TAC has allowed Paige to extend her work outside of education environments, for which she is eternally grateful. Paige believes that the most successful way to achieve a better world is by uplifting voices that are normally not heard, of which youth are one of the most important. Paige uses she/her/hers pronouns.
Roxie Richner is a junior at Community High School in Ann Arbor. She is passionate about politics, public health, and addressing and working to dismantle systematic inequities in all forms. Outside of her work with TAC TAC, she has worked with various progressive organizations and campaigns across the country including Abdul for Governor, Cynthia for New York, the Sunrise Movement, and Women’s March Youth Empower. In her free time, Roxie loves hanging out with her friends, writing for her school’s news magazine, and playing with her dogs.
Zoya Malik is a sophomore at Washtenaw International High School. She takes part in HOSA, DECA and the MSA at her school. Being apart of the Teen Advisory Council for AHI has been such a rewarding experience for her. It has allowed her to meet so many great people and take part in such valuable conversations and change!
Sakinah Rahman is a youth activist, advocate, and artist in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She dedicates her time to raising awareness about many issues; specific to TAC TAC she raises awareness and educates many communities of the health rights entitled to youth. This is Sakinah’s third year at TAC TAC and she has learned and grown so much. If you would like to learn more about her experiences and projects done in TAC TAC, please ask her.
Tommy cares about dental health among adolescents. He feels like dental health is always secondary to adolescents, and the health awareness information they have access to often does not include dental health. Tommy has enjoyed being part of TAC TAC for the past year as he not only gets to share his thoughts and feedback to improve adolescent’s experience in the health system, but also learn from his peers from their perspectives.
Zakiyyah wasn’t educated much about the value of health — many other things in her life were more important. This was her initial thinking, but as Zakiyyah used secure outlets in her communities to learn about social activism, health seemed to be the premises of many issues. Health in all aspects is what she loves to focus on because she is still learning about it herself. That is why she has been honored to join TAC TAC with AHI. Now she can not only learn about her health but she can advocate for her health along with representing an entire community of people.