Harlem teen joins Community Board to tackle neighborhood issues | NY Daily News

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Victoria Pannell, 16, is the youngest member of the Community Board.

Victoria Pannell, 16, is the youngest member of the Community Board. (Andrew Savulich | NY Daily News)

A Harlem teen determined to change the world is tackling some of the city’s biggest challenges — one community board meeting at a time.

Victoria Pannell, 16, stopped on her way into her inaugural session as a member of Community Board 10 on Wednesday to talk about a recent meeting she had with a favorite role model — the FLOTUS.

“Michelle Obama is someone you can relate to as not only a First Lady, but as a real person,” Victoria told the Daily News.

The teen was among some 4,000 students who attended the First Lady’s college signup day in Harlem two weeks ago.

A junior at Manhattan’s Democracy Prep Charter High School, Victoria found Obama’s frank talk about college uplifting.

“She talked about her own experience. It was inspirational,” said the scholar, activist and now, community board member.

Victoria has plans to attend the University of Southern California. She wants to major in journalism.

“I want to do investigative reporting. . . . I want to get the truth out,” she said.

Read more: Harlem teen joins Community Board to tackle neighborhood issues | NY Daily News

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