September 23, 2021

Mari Moss Voted 20 Under 40 for Stark County, Ohio

Mari Moss has recently been voted one of the top twenty-somethings under the age of 40 for Stark County, Ohio. The YStark award honors young leaders who have exhibited leadership and dedication to community. Mari is featured in Chapter 24 of Millennial Leaders.

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Following is a profile of one of the 20 Stark County professionals under age 40 being recognized by YSTARK! as among the best and brightest young leaders in our community:

She realizes it’s pie in the sky, but Mari Moss would love to create hundreds of jobs for young people in Stark County.

She envisions 21st century jobs that use creativity and technology. They would be jobs that connect to young people and help keep them in the area.

She won’t stop dreaming, but Moss will settle for the chance to make a positive impression in the lives of Stark County’s youth. She wants to help inspire kids, show them there are positive things in the world and that they can make positive decisions.

It’s a mission Moss has pursued since 2002 when she launched PEACE TV. She said she is trying to give something back to the community by working with young people.

She believes young people will be inclined to remain in the area and participate in the community if others listen to their ideas and put them to use.

“It will increase participation in the community,” Moss said. “When your ideas are received, you feel a part of the community.”


Age: 29

Education: Timken High School graduate; bachelor’s degree in psychology, Hampton University, Hampton, Va.

In the community: In 2002, launched PEACE TV (Positive Events in Arts Culture and Education Television) as a way to inspire youth through artistic expression and sport-related programs and projects.

Accomplishments: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Builder Award in 2006; Ohio Martin Luther King Jr. Commission; Pathfinder Award this year; assistant talent coordinator, Inner City Theater Group’s “It’s Showtime at the Apollo,” New York City.

Family: Single; fiancé, Christopher Yawn; daughter of the Revs. Walter and Darleen Moss.

Nominated by: Bob Bowers, Absolute Post Productions Inc., and Steve Katz, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Bowers says: “Mari is one of a kind. People, and especially young people, like her come along very rarely.”

Katz says: “Her efforts provide young people with positive alternatives to gang violence, drug abuse and other risky business.”


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