National Stuttering Association


  • The TAC shall be made up of no less than 6 members and no more than 9 members.
  • Members will be interviewed and selected by the current TAC members, in conjunction with the NSA Executive Director each year.
  • Must be at least 16 years of age (at the time of their first conference serving on the TAC).
  • Must have attended at least one conference (may include current) to serve on TAC.
  • Before applying to the TAC, applicants must hold a resume displaying leadership experiences in their community, school, or other affiliations.
  • Members serve at the discretion of the Teen Program Coordinator(s) and Family Programs Committee.
  • Members that do not fulfill their active role may be asked by the Teen Program Coordinator(s) or the Executive Director to resign from the Teen Advisory Council.
  • TAC members must agree to be members of the NSA Teen Facebook page. It is the responsibility of the TAC members to regularly post to and respond to their peers’ posts on the Facebook page in a supportive and timely manner.
  • TAC members must agree to be diligent in reading and responding to correspondence (email and social media, e.g. NSA Teen Facebook page) from the Family Programs Chair, Executive Director, Teen Program Coordinator(s), TAC Chair, other TAC members, Board Members, and NSA staff in a timely manner (no more than 3 days). If the member regularly fails to respond in a timely manner, the Teen Program Coordinator(s) will issue the TAC member a warning. If the TAC member continues to ignore emails, the member will be put on probation or asked for his or her resignation.


Overall Tasks:

  • Take the lead with teen submissions for Letting Go. Contact other NSA teens to solicit articles for the newsletter, in addition to submitting articles of their own.
  • Serve as liaison for NSA internet groups (e.g.: report to NSA groups the events related to the TAC).
  • Serve as liaison with NSAKids and Teen group activities.
  • Remain active on the NSA Teen Facebook page/group.
  • Participate in and host NSA Google Hangouts.
  • Liaison with Executive Director, Family Programs Chair, and Teen Program Coordinator(s) as needed.
  • Make themselves available as mentors to NSAkids, ‘tweens, and teens.
  • Be a visible presence to the general NSA and NSA Family membership. Stress the strong leadership and mentorship aspects of the TAC; supportive contacts and positive advice.
  • Attend all Annual Conferences during your term.
  • Act as a role model for other NSA members. Appropriate dress and conduct are essential while at the Annual Conference or while attending any NSA event.

Conference Tasks:

  • Provide ideas and leadership for more small-group interactive activities during workshops throughout the conference schedule.
  • Liaison with the Executive Director, Family Programs Chair, and Teen Program Coordinator(s) regarding these scheduling and activities.
  • Provide input regarding activities and workshops that would be helpful for teens who stutter.
  • Organize and participate in the Teen Panel workshops for the youth and the parents.
  • Attend scheduled workshops and arrive on time and ready to participate.
  • Encourage teens and kids to attend workshops.

Teen Program Coordinator(s)

  • The Teen Program Coordinator(s) are responsible for overseeing the TAC as well as
    teen functions of the NSA both at the conference and in their larger communities. The Teen Program Coordinator(s) will facilitate TAC Meetings.
  • The Teen Program Coordinator(s) are young adults 18 or older who have either served on the TAC or have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills within the NSA.
  • Teen Program Coordinator(s) appoint and evaluate the performance and dedication of TAC Members. Teen Program Coordinator(s) are able to remove an individual from the TAC.
  • The Teen Program Coordinator(s) are appointed by the Family Programs Chair and serve at their discretion, and will be reviewed annually.

Chain of Command

  • Teen Program Coordinator(s)
  • Executive Director/NSA Staff
  • Family Programs Chair
  • TAC Members