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Milwaukee Youth Council Members


District 1: Cortez Johnson 
Cortez Johnson is currently a senior at Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning. He enjoys playing basketball, poetry club, the saxophone, track and field, and working out. For three years he has advocated for the Running Rebels, participating in community cleanups, business groups, city events, and leadership groups. Cortez genuinely cares about the city of Milwaukee and will 100% come back and help be the change Milwaukee needs in the future.

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 participates on the basketball and track teams. Erica hopes to one day attend Stanford University and pursue a career in Psychology or Law.

District 3: Emoni C. Gambrell-Toliver — Youth Council President

Emoni is a junior who takes pride in attending Riverside University High School. She loves helping and leading youth in her community. Emoni plans to strengthen her skills in leadership while being the president of the City of Milwaukee Youth Council! Without a doubt, we’re ready for every challenge thrown our way! 

District 4: Adea Dunn
Adea is the representative for the 4th District. She is a junior attending Riverside University High School where she is also a varsity cheerleader. She’s played the viola for eight years with Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and recently left to try to achieve at a higher level. Member Dunn's purpose in being a part of the Youth Council is to be the light to the youth of her generation.


District 5: Malaysha Truss

Malaysha attends Milwaukee School of Languages. She volunteers at MPS Adaptive Athletics, helping students with disabilities participate in regular educational athletics. She also is a leader in Link Crew, a transition program that welcomes new high school students. In 2014, she was awarded the President’s Education Award and completed the pre-college enrichment program (PEP) at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh that summer.

District 6: Bria Smith

Bria attends Franklin High School.

District 7: Aron Cross
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Aron is currently a 12th grade student at Milwaukee High School of the Arts where he studies Theatre Production and Directing. As an active student at MHSA, Aron serves as a School and Theatre Dept. Ambassador, Chairman for the Boys to Men Group and the Founder and Vice President for Beta Delta Gamma, Service Fraternity (ΒΔΓ). He anticipates graduating in May 2018 and plans to attend Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA) or Fisk University (Nashville, TN) in the fall. Not only is Aron active in his school community, but he is also active in his local community. He is the Establishmentarian (Founder) for his very own web and graphic designing business, Aron’s Creations, LLC., where he creates and design websites and graphic work for businesses, organizations, citizens and youth around Milwaukee. To conclude; Aron plans to change the narratives for the youth in the City of Milwaukee by any means necessary. 

District 8: Genaviv Alcantara
Genaviv is a junior at Dominican High School. As a member of the Youth Council, she hopes to both contribute to enhancing the value of Milwaukee and gain new ideas from her peers to bring a better awareness to human trafficking and harassment.  She deeply cares about educating every youth while helping them achieve their future goals to be a better adult  After high school, Genaviv hopes to attend Mount Mary University to pursue a career in Art Therapy. 

District 9: Ken' Triana McDade

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

District 10: Santana Randolph

Santana is a senior and attends Wauwatosa West High School. She volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) where she assists in hospitality jobs as well as helping patients deal with medical disorders/disabilities. She is very active at WWHS, where she is involved in Link Crew which is a program to welcome incoming freshman, she is president in Black Student Union (BSU), a club allowing key topics in the black community to be discussed, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), a diverse group of teens looking to pursue a medical field future. Among other things, Santana leads through her church youth group and outreach activities.

District 11: Miguel Brown
Miguel has a genuine interest in government affairs and political office. During the summer of 2016, he served as an intern in Alderman Jim Bohl’s office, where his duties included attending meetings, computer research, data entry, proofreading letters and other clerical tasks. He also assisted with testing an online application for small business owners that was under development by the city’s License Division. 

District 12: Gabriela Castro
Gabriela is a junior at Pius XI Catholic High School. She is a student ambassador at her school. She participates in Relay for Life, and is a member of Writing Club, Spanish club, and Ted-Ed club. Gabriela has participated in Foundations for Freedom Walk, where she modeled in a fashion show to raise awareness for human trafficking. She is also a pre-college student at Marquette University. Gabriela hopes to bring her experience to the Council and use her position to champion for groups that are underrepresented and for the youth of Milwaukee.

District 13: Jesilyna Gloria Gonzales

Jesilyna attends Carmen Schools of Science & Technology where she serves as a Student Ambassador, Photography club and participated in Food Drives for Natural Disasters Mexico & Puerto Rico. Member of the Gay-Straight Alliance Committee & Project Pioneer Carroll University Pre-College Student. At her previous school Student Council President, awarded the outstanding language arts student of the year with high honor roll from Clement Avenue Middle School. In addition, she serves as a volunteer, member St. John Paul II.  Other appointments and honors: 2017 UMOS-Hispanic Youth of the Year; League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Youth Council member; Legislative Citation by State Representatives Zepnick & Carpenter; and Miss. Cinco de Mayo Queen 2017.

District 14: Isaac C.F. Hoeschen

Isaac is a senior at Pius XI Catholic High School. He has volunteered for the Bay View 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: Joya Headley
Joya attends Milwaukee School of Languages and is an avid volunteer. She enjoys helping in the community, can speak and write in fluent French, and is looking forward to helping improve the community and the lives of youth in Milwaukee.

Member at-large: Cheyenne A. Jordan
Cheyenne is a sophomore at Wisconsin Lutheran High School and is involved in track & field and Agents of Change, a community volunteer group affiliated with WLHS. Also, she volunteers in other capacities, including helping out at food banks, picking up trash at local parks and providing a lending hand at her former elementary school. For the past three years, she’s been coding with the Girls Who Code Program at Marquette University and intends to study computer science in college.



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