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New youth commission members to be sworn in June 11

A new group of young people will begin their term on the City of Kansas City, Mo., Youth Commission on June 11 with a swearing in ceremony. The ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 414 E. 12th St., in the committee room on the 10th floor. The commission will conduct its first meeting immediately following the ceremony.

"These 17 young people have been through a rigorous application process that included interviews with councilmembers and writing an essay about why they want to serve the community in this way," said Thalia Cherry, manager of the Youth Advocacy Office (a division of the City Manager's Office) and the coordinator of the youth commission.

The following are the new commission members, the City Council District in which they live and their school:

    Zendrix Berndt, 3rd District, Paseo Academy of the Performing Arts

    Selchia Cain, 5th District, Allen Village Charter School

    Robert Carroll, 5th District, Southeast High School

    Rae'shel Crawford, 5th District, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy

    Jade Deloney, 1st District, Van Horn High School

    Justin Grote, 2nd District, North Kansas City High School

    Mallory Hamilton, 1st District, Liberty High School

    Tanisha Harris, 5th District, Southeast High School

    Alfred Massey Jr., 4th District, Hogan Preparatory Academy

    Zachary McGowan, 3rd District, University Academy

    Alyssa Murfey, 4th District, Shawnee Mission East High School

    Daniel Patterson, 6th District, Smith Hale Middle School

    William Pepper, 2nd District, Park Hill High School

    Halima Ramsey, 3rd District, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy

    Andrew Schofield, 4th District, Rockhurst High School

    D'Angela Sims, 5th District, University Academy

    Hassan Williams, 5th District, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy.

The youth commissioners will meet at City Hall every second and fourth Monday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. These meetings are open to the public; young people especially are encouraged to attend and discuss ideas and strategies. This is the City's third youth commission.

The purpose of the Kansas City Youth Commission is to mobilize and encourage Kansas City youth to become engaged in the civic arena, as well as promote positive programs and activities in the community. The City established the Kansas City Youth Commission to give young people ages 12-23 the opportunity to be the official youth voice in the City's decision-making process.

They will actively participate in the City's processes to ensure that young people have a role and a voice in policy and budget decisions that impact their lives. Members will represent and advocate for the needs and desires of Kansas City's youth and encourage involvement of their peers in Kansas City's political system.

Media inquiries and other requests for more information about the Kansas City Youth Commission should be directed to Melissa Robinson, Youth Advocacy Office (a division of the City Manager's Office), (816) 513-1314.

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