"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"
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.