A little about myself

"My mission is to create sustainable change for generations. My advocacy work and desires have allowed me to serve as the founding executive director of UrbEd Inc., national policy director for Student Voice, School District of Philadelphia k-12 Counseling Advisory Group, and as a Commissioner on the City of Philadelphia Youth Commission"

Tamir D. Harper

A brief story about me

Harper, is a Southwest Philadelphia native and a proud product of the School District of Philadelphia. Harper believes that teaching is social justice work, teaching is political and that teaching is a form of disruption. At 16 years old, Tamir co-founded UrbEd Inc., a nonprofit that combines community organizing and policy to uplift students, educate communities, and develop coalitions to give students the education they deserve.

During his tenure as founding executive director, Harper led the organization to disband the state-taken-over school board, fundraised hundreds of thousands of dollars, and developed the organization to be the go-to student-led education advocacy organization.

Harper's work has given him the honor to share his message with GMA 3, ABC News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a host of other media outlets. He has also been able to meet with a host of students, share the stage with First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Harris, a number of school leaders, and the former Secretary of Education John King, Jr.,

He is currently pursuing a Master's in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and teaching 8th-grade students english and social studies in the School District of Philadelphia. Harper is a graduate of American University and an awardee of the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars Program.

How I can help

Impacting K-12 Education. Serving Non-profits. Facilitating Youth/Community Engagement.
Has spoken at a host of education and social justice conferences, presenting to organizations and youth groups, and facilitating difficult conversations. 
Keynote speeches
Education panelist
Motivational remarks
Conversation facilitation
Extensive experience in working with school districts, campaigns, government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses on creating plans to engage young people in productive ways.
Creating Youth & Community Initiatives
Implementation plans
Education Policy
SOP Feedback
Launched one of the only youth-run, youth-led non-profits in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the age of 16!
Grant Development
Operations management
Strategic Planning
Board Development
Financial management
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My Experience


  • Assistant Vice President & Board Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated
  • Board Secretary, The Lighthouse 1893
  • Board Member, Better Civics
  • Board Member, NPHC Collegiate Council


  • Co-Founder & Founding Executive Director, UrbEd Inc.,
  • Associate, FourPoint Education Partners
  • Community Engagement/Empowerment Coordinator, Edifying Teachers
  • Editor-In-Chief, The Blackprint
  • Program Consultant, PDK International/Educators Rising


  • Senior Campaign Aide, Joanna McClinton for State Rep.
  • Election Day Logistics Coordinator, Philadelphia Mayoral Campaign
  • Campaign Coordinator, Cortez for Judge
  • Editor-In-Chief, The Blackprint
  • Communications Consultant, Nina Ahmad for Auditor General


  • Finding your Passion at TeenSHARP
  • Equity at School District of Philadelphia Meeting
  • Keynote Speaker at The Future Project Graduatione
  • Teacher Diversity at WHYY & WURD Town Hall
  • Closing Keynote at ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence