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Mayor’s youth council to host downtown event

– The Mayor’s Youth Engagement Council will host its third annual “Fort Wayne’s Almost Famous” on May 25, an event created to give local teens a chance to showcase their talent, interact with their peers and enjoy downtown Fort Wayne.

The event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. in the 900 block of Calhoun Street, between Washington Boulevard and Wayne Street.

The free evening of entertainment will include a display of talent by local teens – including live bands, dance groups, acoustic musicians and singers and other inspired performers, as well as vendors.

“These young leaders are to be commended for organizing such a great event,” Mayor Tom Henry said Tuesday. “I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and realize what our young people have to offer.”

The event is organized and run by the Youth Engagement Council, which includes high school students from throughout the city.

The council is an all-teen, volunteer council dedicated to service-learning, leadership and engagement with peers in the Fort Wayne area. Members encourage the youth of Fort Wayne to become involved in their community through government and participation in community events.

“Far too often, adults feel the youth of our community do nothing but text each other all day,” Henry said.

“I’m inspired by the drive, energy and commitment these students have to organizing events, doing community service and making our city a better place to live.”

Potential sponsors or vendors interested in participating should call Karen Richards at 260-427-2146 or Kerri Przemielewski at 260-427-2724. Proceeds from the event will go to the Reclamation Project,