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Milwaukee Youth Council Members


District 1: Abena May
Abena is a sophomore 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, Agape Community Center and Community Baptist Church.

District 2: Anthony Richmond


District 3: Gabrielle Tietyen-Mlengana

Gabrielle is a sophomore at Rufus King High School. She has volunteered for the Milwaukee Youth Council, River Keeper Cleanup, Wisconsin Humane Society and several other organizations. She is also involved in several extracurricular activities which include Music, Softball, Swimming, 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 2013-2104 and volunteered as a child caretaker and a pantry assistant.


District 5: Payton Wade

Payton is a junior at the Divine Savior Holy Angels High School and is a member of the New Testament Church, where she is involved in the youth program. This summer, she was involved in Mayor Barrett’s Earn and Learn Program as an intern at City Hall. She says she is most proud to call herself an entrepreneur as she is in her third year of running a dog walking business and second year of babysitting.


District 6: Kalan R. Haywood II

Kalan R. Haywood II, a student at Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School, has experience in group organizing and wants to strengthen his leadership skills while helping to maximize positive opportunities for young people and while improving the community. He serves as a Rufus King student ambassador and is a National Junior Honor Society member.


District 7: Sydnei Parker
Sydnei is a student at the University School of Milwaukee. She volunteered for the 29th street Alumni Association, MPS Team Up College Access Centers, Golda Meir, Redline Arts Organization and This House is a Home. She also has many achievements which include the honor roll, Milwaukee Youth Task Force, National Student Athlete Champion and co-creator of SWAT.

District 8: Cesar Gonzalez
Cesar Gonzalez is a senior at Marquette University High School, and is now serving in his second year as a member of the Youth Council. Born and raised in Milwaukee to Mexican parents, he has a deep love for Milwaukee and is committed serving the city and others. He has been a retreat leader at Casa Romero, has worked as a camp counselor for inner city middle school boys for two summers, and enjoys going back and helping out at his middle school, Nativity Jesuit.

District 9: Zeynab Ali

Zeynab proudly represents District 9 and is a sophomore at St. Joan Antida. She joined the Youth Council in hopes of decreasing poverty and gun violence in Milwaukee and across the country, and has worked with organizations such as Serve2Unite, Urban Underground and the Urban Ecology Center at Washington Park. Zeynab is also an immigrant from Kenya.

District 10: Erin Barrett

Erin is a junior at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School. She worked as a food server at St. Sebastian Parish fish fries for four years and as a cashier since 2011. She has had distinguished leadership roles in the Drama Destination Club Office (DSHA) and Classroom Student Council Representative (St. Sebastian School).


District 11: Rebecca Jaeckels
Rebecca is a junior at Nathan Hale High School and has had leadership positions in student government (Nathan Hale), on pastoral council (St. Matthias Parish) and on her school’s newspaper. She joined the Youth Council to serve and in the hopes of better understanding governmental workings and contributing to the efforts of having the voices of Milwaukee’s young people heard.

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


District 13: Carol Yang

Carol is a junior at Greendale High School. She enjoys singing, performing, and participating in school activities. As an active member of her community, Carol is involved in Teens Against Tobacco Use (T.A.T.U), Health Opportunities for Students of America (HOSA), Women’s Choir and Math Club.

District 14: Vacant


District 15: Morgan Hines
Morgan, a junior at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, served on the student congress for three years. She enjoyed serving for student congress because it allows students to have a voice and weigh in on decisions that impact the DSHA community.



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