Jamira Burley- YP4’11

Recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change and a Forbes 30 Under 30 Honoree, Jamira Burley is the essence of perseverance. For over a decade, Jamira has made it her mission to employ her personal experiences as the driving force to improve the lives of others. From implementing anti-violence programs throughout Philadelphia – when she was just a high school student, to organizing youth training around the world – in collaboration with the United Nations. Jamira ardor for personal and social advancement is undeniable; she leads with marked expertise in youth engagement, education reform, global citizenship, gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform.

Coming from a family, where both of her parents and twelve of her thirteen brothers have been incarcerated, Jamira’s advocacy is very personal.  As the first of 16 children to graduate from high school and pursue higher education, Jamira is a Temple University graduate. Currently, she works as a community impact strategist, consulting with both public and private entities, on how to authentically engage impacted communities. Formally, she’s developed and implemented community engagement strategies — for the City of Philadelphia, Department of Justice, Amnesty International USA, United Nations and Hillary for America.”


Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States

    Issues Areas:
  • Voting Rights & Voter Engagement
  • Economic Justice
  • Racial Justice
  • Community Safety, Police Brutality, and Prison Abolition
  • Legal and Judicial Activism

Campus: Temple University - Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship Class Year: 2011

    Fellow Groups:
  • Alumni Board

Blueprint: Ex-Offenders University

Jamira organized a series of Ex-Offenders University workshops, with the goal of engaging youth who were ex-offenders reentering society and working with them to reduce the likelihood that they become repeat offenders. Working with the City of Philadelphias ReEnter program, Jamira hoped to match youth participants with mentors to work with the youth on issues such as education, voting and civic participation, professional development, etc .