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Milwaukee Youth Council Members

 

District 1: Abena May
No biography available.


District 2: Keenan Gibson (President)
No biography available.

 


District 3: Gabrielle Tietyen-Mlengana
Role on the Council: Member of the Communication and Public Safety Committee
High School: Rufus King International High School
Age: 15

 

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?

District 4: Marquise Mays
No biography available.

 


District 5: Steven Xiong
No biography available.

 


District 6: Takiya Eiland
Takiya is a 9th grade student at Community High School. She was referred to the council by her teacher, and is an active member of the NAACP Ambassadors for Peace Program. She also plays basketball. She is committed to addressing education issues particularly in MPS.

 


District 7: Sydnei Parker
No biography available.
 


District 8: Cesar Gonzalez
No biography available.
 


District 9: Gabriella Leachmon
Role on the Council:
Member of the Collaboration Committee
High School: Messmer High School
Age: 16

 

How would you describe Milwaukee to a new student who has just moved to the city?
Milwaukee is a city where you can have fun, but also find events that have an educational purpose. The Bradley Center, US Cellular Arena and The Rave are great places to see concerts. There are many festivals and fairs around and in Milwaukee for anyone to enjoy.

What other school activities are you a part of?
Business, Book and Recruitment Club, SMART Team, After School Study Group – Tutor, Baseball Team – Manager

Why is the Milwaukee Youth Council so important?
MYC is so important because it is a council for students to bring up their issues and concerns in regards to the community and try to take action to solve it, with the collaboration of the government. Also, it allows the voices of the youth to be heard and make a difference.

What are your current college plans?
I plan is to go to either Vanderbilt University or Dartmouth University and major in psychology or Pre-Med and hopefully become a neuropsychiatrist or a cardiac surgeon.

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?
Frankly, there a lot of opportunities young people don’t take advantage of. There are a lot of volunteer opportunities for youths to make a difference. Milwaukee has its own website for people of any age to look up volunteer events which are long or short term.

How did you learn about the Youth Council and what made you decide to apply?
I heard about the Youth Council through Hikeem Williams-Davis and my school. My guidance counselor had urged me to apply.

District 10: Erin Barrett
No biography available.

 


District 11: Vacant


District 12: Corina Estremera-Maldonado
No biography available.
 



 

District 13: Carol Yang

No biography available.
 


District 14: Vacant

 


District 15: Morgan Hines
No biography available.
 


 

 

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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.

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