I like the idea of really taking a look and identifying what’s the root cause of something and then identifying ways that we can make changes.



Michael Trapp

Second Ward Councilman & Task Force Co-chair



It’s not going to be the government that solves these problems. Having community members be the ones who come up with the solutions is much better.





Laura Nauser

Fifth Ward Councilwoman & Task Force Co-chair



I know what it’s like to be on the streets, I know what it’s like to have that peer pressure, I know what it's like to have poverty, and I just want to be a part of the solution.




Christopher Haynes

Outreach Coordinator, Phoenix Programs Inc.



People see us in the neighborhoods and they say, 'We thank you for taking that stance and trying to make a change in our community.'





Chris Campbell

Co-Owner of Tree Top Innovative Learning Center



This is a great place to raise my kids. This is a great place for my kids to go to school. This is a great place for us to have a home.






Steve Calloway

President, Minority Men’s Network



My passion is youth, so I think anything the task force can do to better our community for youth, to create better resources, to evaluate what’s going on in our community ... and to help our youth make better decisions is always a benefit.

Cindy Garrett

Chief juvenile officer for the 13th Circuit Court



We need other solutions,  and I’m hoping we can come up with some things that are going to help get their lives turned around and become productive citizens.




Bishop Lorenzo Lawson

Co-founder of Chosen Generation Ministries, board member for P.R.I.D.E. of Mid-Missouri



We’re looking forward to being up to the task to get that done. We all have that same mentality in mind that we want to make a difference.





Pamela Hardin

Vice president of the Missouri NAACP



This is the same challenge in every city in the United States. So the city that conquers this is the city that’s going to lead the nation.





Tyree Byndom

Radio co-host on KOPN / 89.5 FM



I believe this is just one of those growing pains that a city of Columbia’s size experiences. Now it’s up to us how we handle that, and whether we make those necessary changes to actually grow in a positive way.



Mike Hayes

Retired Columbia police officer



I want our young people, specifically minorities between the ages of 12 to 24, to feel accepted, respected, and that they know that they have the opportunity for employment and a successful family and life.



David Thomas

community engagement consultant



The people are really willing to step up to the plate and take part in … finding solutions.







Paul Prevo

Co-owner of TigerTots



At the end of the day we all need to help some. I just think it’s my part.








Glenn Robertson

Task Force Member

Dan Hannekin

Task Force Member

(Declined to be interviewed)




Jerry Taylor

Task Force Member

(Unavailable to be interviewed)