|District 3: Gabrielle Tietyen-Mlengana
Role on the Council: Member of the Communication and Public Safety Committee
High School: Rufus King International High School
How would you describe Milwaukee to a new student who has just moved to the city?
Milwaukee is a very diverse place, which is one of the great things about our city. No matter where you live, you will always meet people from different backgrounds and cultures. Milwaukee is a great place to branch out; there are many clubs and groups designed primarily for youth. Also youth play a key role here, and we have a great impact in our city.
What other school activities are you a part of?
Improv Comedy, Swimming, Softball, Student Government (Class President), Latin Club, Guitar, and different volunteering opportunities that I get.
Why is the Milwaukee Youth Council so important?
I find that Milwaukee Youth Council is one way that teenagers learn how government really works. You get to learn how your vote influences politics, and the power of government. I also believe it empowers the youth to make changes that matter to them. It’s one of the many things that make Milwaukee unique.
What are your current college plans?
I have big dreams. My plan is to double major in economics and political studies. I’d love to go to an Ivy League school like Columbia, or a liberal arts college such as Swarthmore.
What do you think young people in the city are NOT taking advantage of right now? Is there an activity, a service, a place or event that is perfect for them, but it seems they don’t know about it, aren’t going or aren’t taking advantage of it?
This may sound very simple, but I don’t think people are taking advantage of our great park system. They have so much to offer for everyone from Bradford Beach, to Lake Park, to our wonderful dog parks. It’s a great way to get outside and have fun with friends. There are so many activities that take place in the parks and I feel like not everyone uses them.
How did you learn about the Youth Council and what made you decide to apply?
I learned about Youth Council through social networking and (former member) Zach Komes. I want to be involved in government when I’m older, and I believe it’s very important. So why not start young and make a difference now?