Jamira Burley

Country representing

United States

Languages

English

Education

  • Temple University

Current organisation

Global Business Coalition for Education

Current role

Director of Youth Engagement and Skills

Skills and Expertise

Activism
Human rights
Public policy
Social entrepreneurship

Areas of interest

Education
Human Rights
Leadership
Peace and Conflict
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

I'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.

Actions

With 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 Secretary-General.