Jamira Burley (25), is the first of sixteen children to graduate high school and college. Drive, perseverance, and passion, are just a few characteristics that this Philadelphia native is built with. Recent graduate of Temple University, with dual degrees in International Business and Legal Studies. Currently, Jamira is the Executive Director for the City of Philadelphia Youth Commission.
Previously, Jamira worked as the Student Leadership Coordinator for the School District of Philadelphia, where she was entrusted with the responsibility to implement student government councils in all 63 public high schools. There she empowered students to be at the forefront of issues that were impacting their lives. Jamira is dedicated to giving youth a platform to speak their mind on issues that affect their education, community and the political process. As a result, she works assertively to create change in Philadelphia communities and school system
As an advocate for authentic youth civic engagement, global citizenship, comprehensive education reform, black male achievement and violence prevention. Jamira is the United States representative for the United Nations Global Education First Initiative, Youth Advocacy Group. She is also the created producer/co-host for GenYNot. A web based show, in partnership with the League of Young Voters. The show features three youth leaders from across the country, leaders that are using the youth experience as a way to spark solution based dialogue between generations. As an active and notable member of her community, she has made it her mission to employ her personal experiences as a driving force to improve the lives of others.
Jamira’s passion for improving education, addressing youth issues and creating solutions to prevent violence has led her to this journey of fighting for something bigger than herself. Philadelphia Daily News ranked Jamira as one of top-ten up and coming Philadelphians, Flying Kite Media names Jamira as one of four Next Generation Leaders, Philadelphia Tribune top 10 under 40, Spark Action top 25 under 25 and a BET millennial leader.