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New Engage Kansas City Leadership Board Appointed

The Mayor and City Council recently appointed 32 young people to the Engage KC Leadership Board.

The board, formerly known as the Youth Commission, consists of young people from the Greater Kansas City area. The board members represent the vast diversity of Kansas City. Board members serve a one year term. The mission of the Engage KC Leadership Board is to unite Kansas Citians with targeted efforts through diverse representation, public service and community partnerships. The board will focus on creating a culture of connectivity and inspiring others to leave a legacy which changes our community.

The purpose of the board is to foster relationships with young people and the overall Greater Kansas City community. The board members will assist in shaping key initiatives that support unique focus areas such as: public policy, education, employment, communication/marketing and environment/community service.

“The Engage KC Board will serve to connect and encourage increased civic involvement among our citizens,” stated Councilwoman Jan Marcason, 4th district representative.

The Engage KC Leadership Board meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 5 p.m. on the 10th floor at City Hall. The meetings are open to the public.

The Engage KC Board Members are:

Manny Abarca, University of Missouri Alumni, Abdul Ali, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Victoria Banks MCCKC – Penn Valley, Maria Butz, Rockhurst University

D’Montal Clarkson, University Academy, Larry Coates, MCCKC – Penn Valley, Jeremy Davis, University of Missouri, Kayla Gentry, North Kansas City High School

Sayra Gordillo, University of Missouri, Tanesha Goshon, Webster University Alumni, Darius Grayer, Rockhurst University, Kamille Greene, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy

Whitney Harris, Park University, Abigail Harrison, Blue Valley Northwest High School

Asia Jones, University of Missouri Alumni, Yohannses Kebede, East High School

Biniam Kebede, East High School, Amy Kucharo, University of Missouri

Vanessa Lawton, Paseo Academy of Fine Performing Arts, William Medina, East High School

Chevalier Moye, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy,Crystal Nance, Drake University Alumni, Vanessa Nguyen, Cristo Rey Kansas City, Angela Pearson, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Magali Rojasm, East High School, Priyata Shrestha, Park University

Miya Smith, Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Nicolas Wang, Park Hill South High School

Sarah Wilks, Avila University, Pearl Webb, Park University, Adrianna Williams, Grandview High School, and Jacob Zinn, Avila University.

Media inquiries should be directed to Thalia Cherry, City Manager’s Office, 816-513-1378.


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