Tamir D. Harper
Co-Founder & Executive Director
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 is Co-Founder & Executive Director of UrbEd Inc., a nonprofit that advocates for a quality and efficient urban education, by working to disband the school-to-prison pipeline, increase teacher diversity, improve building conditions, and advocate for local control of schools.
Tamir also 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 Chairman & Commissioner of the Philadelphia Youth Commission. Serving in those capacities 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 started working with Black Male Educators for Social Justice to improve teacher diversity.
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 American University. Mr. Harper plans to major in Secondary Education and Strategic Communications with hopes of getting a Ph.D. in Urban Education.