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2024/2025 Teen Council Application Form

The OCTA Teen Council is sponsored by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). Teen Council members will provide insight into public transportation issues and possibilities, while working together with their fellow council members to make a positive impact/contribution towards public transportation in Orange County today.

The OCTA Teen Council is a service-oriented group of students that requires participation in meetings and activities throughout the year. Meetings are an hour and a half long and held once every other month during the regular school year, beginning in August and ending in June. The meeting schedule will be as follows:

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2024 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2024 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2024 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2025 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 25, 2025 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2025 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Dates are subject to change.

Additional meetings and activities may be scheduled throughout the school year.

Skills necessary to have a rewarding experience in the program and to be an effective ambassador include:

  • Demonstrating analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Working in a team environment and interacting with others well
  • Confirmed transportation to and from meetings/events

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to serve on the OCTA Teen Council, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Age 13 to 18 as of September 1, 2024, and
  • A resident of Orange County and
  • Entering grades 9–12 at a public or private school located in Orange County.

The deadline for applications is May 31, 2024. Membership selection will be made before August 1, 2024, by which all applicants will receive a letter of status. Membership in Teen Council is competitive.

(First, Last)

Letter of Recommendation

Please submit separately one letter of recommendation from someone who is closely associated with your abilities and qualifications to serve on the Teen Council, such as teachers, principals, guidance counselors, coaches, community leaders, etc. The person referencing needs to refer to your leadership potential, personal character and ability to balance school and participation in the Teen Council. This letter is to be sent via email to

Failure to include a letter of recommendation will negate selection for the 2024/2025 Teen Council.


250-word limit each

Student: I have read and understand the commitment required by the OCTA Teen Council. I understand membership is competitive and, if selected, I am able to make this commitment for the current school year.

Parent/Guardian: I give permission for the student to seek the position of OCTA Teen Council member. I will support his/her attendance at monthly meetings and participation in OCTA Teen Council activities and projects.

For further information contact Melina Cabrera by email at, or by phone at (714) 560-5923.