Teen Advisory Council

Our TAC enrollment periods run July 1st-August 1st and January 1st-February 1st. TAC members serve a 6-month commitment

TAC applications open January 2022

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What is TAC?

Thrive’s TAC Leadership Group offers STUDENTS in grades 8-12 the opportunity to:

  • GROW LEADERSHIP SKILLS while serving to offer opportunities for their peers 

  • MEET DIVERSE STUDENTS from the region 

  • DEVELOP EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION SKILLS to be a positive force for change in their community.


Thrive TAC members serve in a unique volunteer and leadership role along with other teens in their community. Our Teen Advisory Council members are DIRECTLY involved in planning and implementing programs in the community.  Thrive’s Summer PopUps Program, our Adulting Series and an Annual Community Event are planned and implemented by Adult Volunteers and our TAC members working together with the local business community.  Serving side by side with other teen and adult leaders, TAC members gain confidence and skills that will support the student’s long-term success.

Thrive’s TAC meetings are MANDATORY and held IN PERSON on a Friday once a month from 5-7pm at Lake Sumter State College South Lake Campus. 

Our founder, Sheri Lewin, leads the monthly TAC meeting.  Sheri is skilled at guiding and motivating students using a unique approach inspired by the Harkness method which engages participation from all members of the group.  Active listening and learning how to effectively share ideas in a group naturally emerges as some of the many benefits of this approach. TAC members have received scholarship and internship and job opportunities based on their TAC experience. 

More about TAC

Our 2020 Teen Advisory Council currently had 17 members ranging from 9th-12th grade. Our TAC members represent area public and private high schools as well homeshoolers in South Lake County. Each TAC member serves the organization by informing our program development, assisting with execution of the plans and acting as an ambassador for Thrive Clermont at community events. All while earning community service hours! Our 2020 TAC is busy with the following initiatives:​


Summer PopUps – Working alongside our Adult Volunteers to produce our fourth summer of our most popular program.  Volunteer responsibilities include all aspects of coordination required to manage the many activity leaders, venues and in-kind donations needed to make this program possible.


Alive ‘n Thriving / Teen Talk - Members interested in communication and publishing get to enhance their writing skills by contributing to Thrive Clermont's monthly newsletter which aims to connect both teens and adults to the local community. Students are afforded the opportunity to provide input and write articles for Teen Talk, a special section within the Alive 'n Thriving monthly newsletter designed by teens for teens. 


Community Outreach – TAC members get public speaking experience by participating in presentations on our innovative teen programs to groups such as Kiwanis Club, City of Groveland City Council, Clermont City Council, South Lake Business Leaders, Lake Rising Podcast, and more.

Social Media Team - Did you know our social media is ran and operated by our teens? Our social media team works with our directors and our staff to create new and exciting campaigns and media for our social platforms including Facebook and Instagram!