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Milwaukee Youth Council Members


District 1: Abena May
Abena is a senior at the Milwaukee Lutheran High School. Abena graduated with honors from Hickman Academy in June 2012 and was named Valedictorian. She also worked and volunteered at the Community Baptist Church, City of Milwaukee Housing Authority, and Agape Community Center.

District 2: Erica L. Lofton
Erica is founder and CEO of Girls in Action, Inc., a charity that promotes self-esteem and leadership for girls, typically between the ages of 8-12. In 2009, Girls in Action, Inc. was formalized as a non-stock organization and is now a non-profit organization. Miss Lofton also conducts workshops, delivers keynotes and has appeared at speaking engagements that are aligned with the missions of her work with girls of all ages. Miss Lofton is also a talented singer/songwriter who uses her talents to support her charity both financially and socially. Miss Lofton was invited to the White House to receive the Champion of Change Award. She attends the University School of Milwaukee where she serves as Freshman Class Representative. She is also on the basketball and track team. Erica hopes to one day attend Stanford University and pursue a career in Psychology or Law.

District 3: Gabrielle Tietyen-Mlengana

Gabrielle is a junior at Rufus King High School. She has volunteered for the Milwaukee Youth Council, River Keeper Cleanup, and Wisconsin Humane Society and with several other organizations. She is also involved in several extracurricular activities, including music, softball, and swimming, the Milwaukee Youth Council, Latin Club, National Honor Society, Student Government, Improv Comedy and Middle School Forensics.

District 4: Ayanna Ellzey

Ayanna is a student at Rufus King High School. She was elected Freshman Class Treasurer of the Student Government and was involved in golf and cheerleading. She served as a campaign volunteer from 2013-2014 and volunteered as a child caretaker and a pantry assistant.

District 5: Ci'Yanna Jones

Ci’Yanna is a junior at St. Charles School. She is interested in photography and video production, and she recently produced a school video entitled “Stop the Violence." She has volunteered at political rallies, and has also served at her school store completing a wide variety of tasks.

District 6: Kalan R. Haywood, II — President of the Youth Council

A Milwaukee native and 11th grade student at Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School, Kalan is actively involved in his school as a student ambassador and member of the National Junior Honor Society. He is a dedicated member of the community with experience in community organizing and community empowerment. He hopes to strengthen his leadership skills while helping to maximize positive opportunities for young people while improving the community. He serves as a youth leader with Urban Underground.

At the tender age of 16, Kalan has shared his vision for a great Milwaukee in a number of media appearances including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Our Issues Milwaukee (CW18/My24), Wisconsin Public Radio, and many other speaking engagements.

District 7: Payton Wade
Payton is a senior at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School. She is involved in a number of extracurricular activies, including acting, singing, and soccer. She is a budding entrepreneur, as she owns a dog walking business and is a babysitter.

District 8: Vacant

District 9: Ken' Triana McDade

Active with the forensics team, excelling at the city and state Levels of competition. She is a sophomore at Rufus King High School. 

District 10: Christopher Zollicoffer

Christopher is a candid and hardworking senior at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. Christopher is a thespian, playing the role of Jonesy in the 2016 winter dessert play. An avid writer of novellas, and part time sketch artist; Chris is also fond of playing basketball with his friends. Chris thinks teen are the foundation on which the future of Milwaukee will be built and without their passion and zeal it will crumble.

District 11: Rebecca Jaeckels
Rebecca is a senior at Nathan Hale High School. Her leadership experiences include serving as sophomore representative for the Wisconsin Leadership Seminar, sophomore class vice president, and junior class president among others. Rebecca’s extracurricular activities include working as editor of the school newspaper and as a youth representative on the St. Matthias Parish Council.

District 12: Corina Estremera-Maldonado
Corina is a student at St. Anthony High School. She is experienced in public speaking and is very passionate about neighborhood and community issues, such as gang violence, racial profiling, homelessness, underage drinking and gun control. She received the Fruit of the Spirits Award by Victory Christian Academy for her positive spirit.


District 13: Julia Brunson

Julia is a senior at Ronald Reagan International Baccalaureate High School. She has volunteered with a number of organizations, including the Milwaukee Jewish Council and as security for the 2014 Gubernatorial Race. Her extracurricular activities include serving as senior board president, political editor of the school newspaper, and a member of the National Honor Society and Forensics team.

District 14: Isaac C.F. Hoeschen

Isaac is a sophomore at Pius XI Catholic High School. He has volunteered for the Bayview Neighborhood Association, St. Vincent DePaul Society, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, and several other organizations. Isaac’s extracurricular activities include forensics, cross country, music, and theater.

District 15: Cole Hines
Cole is a junior at Pius XI Catholic High School. His extracurricular activities include the Junior Service Organization, theater, forensics, and his service as a student ambassador. He is active in REVERB, the young adult ministry at his church. Cole is also a Thespian, he appeared in the West Side Story and in the Wizard of Oz.



Milwaukee Youth Council

News Releases

Meeting Dates

The Youth Council meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, from at 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Common Council Chamber, 3rd Floor, City Hall, 200 E. Wells St.


Youth Council agendas and meeting dates can be found on the Legislative Research Center Calendar.

Youth Council Media

MYC Brochure 
MYC Flyer

Activity guides for print and download

Know the Score
Find it for Free
Make it a Date  

Youth Council in the News

Youth Council members address violence