I am passionate aboutI'm extremely passionate about access to education as a deterrent to violent
extremist and the role intergenerational and cross-industries collaboration.
I grew up in a surrounded by gun violence and it wasn't under the murder of
my 20-year-old brother, did I realize that education was my only way out of
those circumstances. Education could also enable me to change those
circumstances for future generations to come.
ActionsWith over a decade of experience working with and for the betterment of young
people around the world. I have used my voice to raise awareness and
influence policymakers and business leaders on a range of issues, including
youth engagement, skills gap, education reform, global citizenship, gun
violence prevention and criminal justice reform.
At the age of 16 years old, I was appointed to the Pennsylvania Commission on
Youth and granted $50,000 to implementing anti-violence programs throughout
the City of Philadelphia. She later went on to oversee all the Philadelphia
School District youth leadership development programs. In 2012, I become the
first of her 15 siblings to graduate high school and college. Recruited by
then Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to lead the City of Philadelphia Youth
Commission. As Executive Director for the Youth Commission, I represented the
interests of over 600,000 Philadelphia youths and worked in the intersection
of youth engagement and policy.
In 2012, I was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Kim-moon,
to United Nations Global Education First Initiative; Youth Advocacy Group.
For the last three years, she has traveled to over 15 countries advocating
for the rights of every child to have access to quality education. Under my
leadership, the Youth Advocacy Group, help to organize the first every youth
lead resolution: “The Youth Resolution: The Education We Want”, an
outcomes document that was circulated worldwide and that received feedback
from nearly 40 countries, which was later presented world leaders at the
United Nations, included the President of the World Bank and UN