The Advisory Council (TAC) acts as the teen “Board of Driectors” for WEB. The members develop leadership skills as they oversee the development of WEB and make direct-decisions regarding the direction of programming, fundraising, and overall vision of WEB. TAC and its WEB facilitators are responsible for organizing the on-going workshop series, and put a strong emphasis on promoting WEB programs, events, and participant recruitment.
Say Hello to TAC Peer Leaders!
Paige Anderson: “Hey there! My name is Paige. I’ve lived here in Prescott my whole life, and I can’t think of a better place to have grown up. I do quite a bit of volunteer work, but it wasn’t until last September that I became involved with WEB. I went to the WEB Conference for the first time in September, and I can’t fully explain what an amazing experience the conference was; it was one of the best weekends I’ve had. After leaving the conference, I felt so empowered, confident in myself, and optimistic about things to come. I became really excited when Rachael [Pace] told me that they needed some more members in TAC, so I the group joined in December, and am so glad that I did. Being in TAC has also empowered me, because I know that what we’re doing is helping other girls in the community, as well as helping myself to become a more cultured, thoughtful, and driven individual.”
Rachael Pace: “My name is Rachael. I have been a member of the Prescott community all of my 18 years, and I have been a participant in WEB for the past three years and then got involved as a volunteer a year ago, including becoming a member of TAC. My involvement with WEB, as both a participant and volunteer, has helped me to find a new and unique voice and motivation. I have become more comfortable with myself and as a member of this community. Currently, along with spending a lot of time with TAC and WEB, I have the AMAZING opportunity to go to Kenya with WEB’s Kenya Dig It? Project. Through these experiences I have gained a lot of knowledge in women’s studies and cultural issues, which I have a growing passion for and hope to continue to learn about for a long, long time.”
Savannah Martin: “I’ve lived in Prescott for about fourteen years, and I recently graduated from Prescott High School. My passion for women’s issues has developed gradually throughout high school, and now I plan to pursue women’s studies and activism as a career. I became involved with WEB at the beginning of my junior year when I first attended the WEB conference. The conference really made an impression on me, and I joined TAC soon after. WEB and TAC have become very important to me. Not only because I love what we do, but I love the people who surround me. I’ve never felt so empowered, and I hope we can share that energy with the rest of the community. Aside from the exciting world of feminism, I’m very involved with the arts and school. I am a devoted drama dork of Prescott High School, and an active member of Book Club, Math Club, and “S” Club. I love music! I sing competitively, write my own acoustic music, and I am the lead singer in a band I formed with a group of my friends. I also enjoy art, film, and literature. Someday, I hope to use the arts to bring awareness of women’s issues to the rest of the world. In the end, I’m excited about the future and I can’t wait to see where life takes me!”
Jeannie Wood: “Hi there! Jeannie speaking. I’ve lived in Prescott for all but 4 years of my life and I couldn’t be more grateful to have grown up in this town. Prescott’s atmosphere has influenced the continual growth of the Jeannie writing this today. One aspect of Prescott I have admired is the teenage involvement and community awareness. This is why I joined the Teen Advisory Council – that and Rachael’s [Pace] ever helpful nudging. Rachael had asked me for years to come to one of WEB’s conferences, and it wasn’t until last year I finally went. It was undoubtedly one of the most relaxing experiences I have had. The make-up washed off, and so did the judging, inhibitions and worries. I have always considered myself a confident person, but I realized I could be much more – a happy, successful, educated and cultured woman. As a teenage girl I have encountered a myriad of suggestions of what I should be, look like, act like; a life mainstream society expects of me. But I won’t accept that, why should I? I have seen too many women slowly destroy themselves for this invisible undertaker. It isn’t just the women either, no individual should be told who they are; it is for ourselves to find.”