Tamir D Harper

Co-Founder & Exec Dir
UrbEd

Tamir Harper is a Senior at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia where he is a member of the Community Involvement Club and the Black Student Union. At 17 years old, Tamir serves as the Policy Director for Student Voice, which gives him the opportunity to strengthen the movement of equitable school and is a National Student Officer for Educators Rising. Currently, he is a three-year member of the School District of Philadelphia Superintendent's Student Advisory Council and is the longest serving Commissioner on the City of Philadelphia Youth Commission. He has had the opportunity to serve as a member of the School District of Philadelphia k-12 Counseling Advisory Plan and as the National Education Policy Chair for Youth For National Change. Serving with those organizations has educated, empowered and inspired him about youth and advocacy work. In 2016, Tamir traveled to Washington DC to serve on a panel for the United States Office of Education concerning teacher diversity moderated by Secretary King and has launched his own initiative with a group of students called UrbEd, a platform that advocates for a quality and efficient urban education system. Holding true to his passion, Tamir believes that students should receive diversity in their schools, funding in their schools and a quality education that allows every student to succeed. Tamir will continue advocating for all youth in similar situations and strives to play a role in creating sustainable change for generations. Tamir hopes to continue his passion for education and advocacy throughout his life and after he graduates high school, class of 2018, he will be attending college. Mr. Harper plans to major in Education and Communications with hopes of getting a Ph.D. in Urban Education.

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