Councilmember-At-Large Blondell Reynolds Brown
Natasha Andrews, Interim Executive Director, Girls Inc of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
Alex Peay, Founder and President, Rising Sons
Kellan White, Constituent Services Representative, Councilwoman Reynolds Brown
Team Moxie believes that inner city youth are among those who are most affected by policies and priorities in the City of Philadelphia, but they are also the ones who have little to no involvement with local government and rarely have their voices heard on issues that directly affect them. The team is creating a Youth Empowerment Council, with the belief that early engagement in the civic process will deepen as they age. They will be nurtured into thinking not only about the future of their neighborhoods and city but their own futures as well. The council will bring together two youth from each of the city’s council districts to follow an established curriculum that will help the young people develop academically but also allow them to regularly discuss the issues facing their respective communities and to help formulate potential solutions. Priority issues include education, public safety, unemployment and small business to development, opportunities for minorities and women, and the environment. With the support of elected officials and staff, the hope is that these solutions will be incorporated into the council agenda and actually put into practice.