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Milwaukee Youth Council Members

A picture of District 1 Milwaukee Youth Council Member, Jada YoungDistrict 1: Jada Young

Jada Young attends Rufus King International School where she partakes in the rigorous full diploma IB program. Jada wants to pursue a career in law because of her passions for social and political activism. In addition to Milwaukee Youth Council, Jada is captain of the varsity tennis team, 2019-2020 co-president of the ACLU student alliance, president of the Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent's Student Advisory Council, PEOPLE Program, Link Crew, and won 1 term on student government to be the class of 2020 vice-president. Jada has also participated in organizations that encourage social and political change, such as 50 Miles More. She also excels with her passion for the arts, as she is a 2-time state qualifier for the state WSMA Solo/Ensemble Festival. Jada hopes to take her leadership skills, passion for law, and experiences with the Milwaukee Youth Council to college since she plans on being a Political Science major with a minor in African-American Studies.

A picture of District 2 Milwaukee Youth Council Member, Erica LoftonDistrict 2: Erica 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.

A picture of District 3 Milwaukee Youth Council President, Emoni Gambrell-ToliverDistrict 3: Emoni Gambrell-Toliver

— Youth Council President

Emoni is a senior 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!

A picture of District 4 Milwaukee Youth Council Member, Adea DunnDistrict 4: Adea Dunn

Adea is the representative for the 4th District. She is a senior 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.

Picture not availableDistrict 5: Cheyenne Jordan

Cheyenne is a junior at Wisconsin Lutheran High School and is involved in track & field, Agents of Change, a community volunteer group affiliated with WLHS. She is also part of the school newspaper and is a part of an international program where she’s a mentee to someone from Ecuador.  Also, 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 doing art projects.

A picture of District 6 Milwaukee Youth Council Member, Bria SmithDistrict 6: Bria Smith

Bria attends Franklin High School.

A picture of District 7 Milwaukee Youth Council Member, Alannah JonesDistrict 7: Alannah Jones

Alannah Jones attends Ronald Reagan High School; she enjoys film and musical theater.  She has participated in TAB (Teen Advisory Board) where she helped plan and execute library events for children to attend. Alannah is excited to be a member of the Milwaukee Youth Council and wants to work with her colleagues to change Milwaukee for the better.

A picture of District 8 Milwaukee Youth Council Member, Geneviv AlcantaraDistrict 8: Genaviv Alcantara

Genaviv is a senior 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. 


A picture of District 9 Milwaukee Youth Council Member, Ken'Triana McDadeDistrict 9: Ken' Triana McDade

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


Picture not availableDistrict 10: Vacant

A picture of District 11 Milwaukee Youth Council Member, Ayanna LeeDistrict 11: Ayanna Lee

A picture of District 12 Milwaukee Youth Council Member, Gabriela CastroDistrict 12: Gabriela Castro

Gabriela is a senior 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.

A picture of District 13 Milwaukee Youth Council Member, Jesilyna GonzalesDistrict 13: Jesilyna 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. Generation Against Bullying Celebrity Speaker, Peer Ambassador, church member. 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.  Other appointments and honors: 2017 UMOS-Hispanic Youth of the Year; Legislative Citation by State Representatives Zepnick & Carpenter; and Miss. Cinco de Mayo Queen 2017.

Picture not availableDistrict 14: Vacant




A picture of District 15 Milwaukee Youth Council Member, Joya HeadleyDistrict 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.


A picture of Milwaukee Youth Council Member At-Large, Marvell ReedMember At-Large: Marvell Reed

A picture of Milwaukee Youth Council Member At-Large, Greta Garcia-Jalil MelendezMember At-Large: Greta Garcia-Jalil Melendez

Greta attends Milwaukee School of Languages and she is fluent in Spanish and German. An immigrant herself, she is passionate about immigrant and civil rights and she is a member of Youth Empowered in the Struggle. She has been a leader of social and cultural initiatives at her school. Playing the violin since the age of six, Greta has experience in both classical and mariachi music. Incorporating her Mexican heritage and social justice issues into her art, Greta won second place in the 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Art Contest in the 9th-12th division. Greta plans to major in Political Science in order to research how law and politics influence disparities in disadvantaged communities in regards to immigration, poverty, mass incarceration, crime, and segregation.



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

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Activity guides for print and download

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