Student Advisory Council

Meetings

  • 4 pm
  • 3rd Tuesday of the month
  • City Hall
    555 S Washington Avenue
    Titusville, FL 32796

Members

Length of Term: One Year (August through April)

Student Council Members (2019 / 2020)

  • Josiah Johnson (Co-Chair), Astronaut High School (AHS), Senior
  • Simon Recicar (Co-Chair), North Brevard Home School Association (NBHSA), Senior
  • Isabella Alminaña (Co-Chair), Titusville High School (THS), Senior
  • Caleb Phillips, Vice-Chair (THS), Junior
  • Taylor Batson (Secretary), (AHS), Junior
  • Aliyah Dynake (NBHSA), Freshman
  • Emilee Ellis (AHS), Sophomore
  • Isaac Gutman (NBHSA), Junior
  • Ben Hamilton (NBHSA), Sophomore
  • Jacob Phillips, (THS), Sophomore
  • Savannah Sevor (AHS), Freshman
  • Aiden Sperr (Photographer) (THS), Freshman

School Advisors

  • Louise Bronar (THS)
  • Christina Cerrato (AHS)
  • Cathie Gutman (NBHSA)

City Staff Liaisons

  • Debbie Denman
  • Jolynn Donhoff

Contact Information

City Clerk’s Office
Post Office Box 2806
Titusville, FL 32781-2806

Phone: 321-567-3775

Overview

The Student Advisory Council (SAC) is: 1 council, 3 schools, 12 members = High School teens improving Titusville’s community.

Mission Statement

To encourage involvement of young people in community affairs and create an awareness of their rights and responsibilities as citizens of Titusville.

Membership Criteria

The Student Advisory Council was created by a Resolution of the Titusville City Council in 1993. This council consists of twelve (12) students: four appointed from AHS, four from THS, and four appointed from the NBHSA. Their term of office is for the period of the school year, which can be extended throughout the summer months if required.

Purpose

The members prioritize two to four "youth-related" issues and possible solutions, which are presented annually to City Council in April. These issues serve as the springboard for student work projects for the incoming Council in the next school year.

Video

Creation

The Student Advisory Council, better known as SAC, was based on an idea enthusiastically championed by former Titusville Mayor Larry Bartley. Enacted by a Resolution of Titusville’s City Council in 1993, the mission of the SAC is to encourage the involvement of young people in community affairs and create an awareness of their rights and responsibilities as citizens of Titusville.

Initiatives

Annually, the Council develops two to four ideas and initiatives that they will focus on accomplishing during their term of office. At the conclusion of each year, they provide an annual report to Titusville City Council on their activities.

Composition & Meetings

The Council is comprised of 12 students from Astronaut and Titusville High Schools and the North Brevard Home School Association. Each school is represented on the Council by a student from each grade level. They meet at least monthly at City Hall, or more often if warranted by the projects they undertake.

Past Activities

Since the creation of the Student Advisory Council, members have translated their mission statement into positive action. Throughout our community are the visible results of their drive and focus such as the traffic signal at U.S. Highway Number 1 and South Terrier Trail in front of Titusville High School. This was a multi-year project initiated by SAC, requiring interfacing with government entities of all levels (city, county, and state) and required the SAC to display a great deal of tenacity as succeeding Councils’ continued the eight-year project to its successful conclusion. The traffic signal turn lane at SR 405 and Park Avenue was also a project initially identified as a community need by the SAC. The safety and responsibility of Titusville’s teens have been a recurring theme of multiple Councils, resulting in an award-winning video of the consequences of making false bomb threats, a video on the tragic consequences of underage drinking and driving, action in support of legislative initiatives that address teenage alcohol consumption, and implementation of an anti-drinking webpage.

Entertainment venues for their peers have also been a recurring endeavor of SAC. Over the years, the members have partnered with government, community, and private entities to form coalitions which ultimately resulted in the creation of two teen centers and a skateboard park. Their experience in partnering also translated to other successful opportunities offered to high school students including leadership seminars, shadowing of municipal government positions, and learning the intricacies of how government works through participation in mock city council meetings.