Mayor's Youth Engagement Council Brings Talent Downtown

Free Event Showcases Teen Talent

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Mayor Tom Henry's Youth Engagement Council will kick off its 2nd annual "Fort Wayne's Almost Famous" event on Saturday, April 28 on the 800 block of Calhoun Street between Wayne and Berry streets.

The event, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m., was created by the Council to give local teens a chance to interact and enjoy downtown Fort Wayne. This year's event joins the Downtown Improvement District's Last Saturdays Series.

The free evening of entertainment will include a display of local talented teens, live bands, dance groups, acoustic musicians and singers and other inspired performers. It will also include a performance by Certiflyyed and HipHop4theCity, a local hip-hop group that has been featured in a music video, "My City" in which they express pride in their hometown.

Fort Wayne's Almost Famous still has room for a few additional acts. Teen groups or individuals interested in performing at the event can still apply at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Mayor's Youth Engagement Council (MYEC) 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.

"Fort Wayne is a City built for success and engaging our youth and allowing them to create events and lead is essential to our community's future," said Mayor Henry. "I'm amazed at the drive, energy and commitment these students have for this highly visible undertaking."

Organizers are also looking to include sponsors, vendors and organizations highlighting information related to teen interests in the Almost Famous event. Potential sponsors or organizations and vendors interested in participating should contact Kerri Przemielewski at 427-2724 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All sponsors will receive recognition according to specific sponsorship levels.

This year's sponsors include: Hot 107.9, Tower Bank, Sweetwater Sound, IPFW, Indiana Tech, University of Saint Francis, Parkview Health and the Downtown Improvement District.