Youth PROMISE Act Bringing violence prevention and hope to our youth
U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott
Jamira Burley is a youth violence prevention advocate working with The Peace Alliance and Student Peace Alliance. In 2005, at the age of 20, Jamira's bother Andre was gunned down in his sleep. Instead of crawling back into the hole that was once her life, she became inspired to not take what happened to her brother lying down but rather get up and do something about it. At a young age she overcame many adversities, including homelessness and living in a drug and violent affected community. Many times people labeled her as a victim, but after the death of her brother, she refused to allow anyone to think of her outside of the work that she's accomplished. With the murder of Andre she discovered her purpose and it allowed her to live for something bigger than herself. As a result, she created the Overbrook High School Panther Peace Core, an Anti-Violence program operated by students for students.
Jamira is a recent graduate of Temple University, a founding member of the Campaign for Non-violence Schools, and served as National Coordinator for the Student Peace Alliance. After leading a campaign to put the creation of a City of Philadelphia Youth Commission on the ballot, Jamira was appointed by the mayor as its first Executive Director. Her drive, perseverance, and passion to create a culture of peace are admired both in her home city and nationally.