On September 6th, the Head of Youth Engagement and Skills for the Global Business Coalition for Education and social impact consultant, Jamira Burley joined Her Agenda Insiders discussed how to use your career for societal change.
For an hour, Jamira shared her journey into her career in youth empowerment and the importance of using one’s platform for good. The community gained advice on how to mobilize others, and keeping yourself in check when working on heavy topics.
Here’s one piece of advice that resonated with many Her Agenda Insiders:
“I’m a firm believer that those who are closest to the problem, are often closest to the solution. Which is why it is important that [at] every level of power we have people that look like us and who share our values.”
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On “accomplices” versus allies
“When I think of who my accomplices are, they are people they will stand on the frontlines with me, they are people who will fundraise with me, or who will stand up for me… especially when I’m not in the room. Not everyone is meant to be your accomplice, especially when they are only playing at being an ally. Accomplices are one step above friends, so vet them accordingly.”
On using your platform for social impact
“You don’t need a PhD in social justice to do your part in protecting everyone’s human rights… you have a duty. That also means that not everyone has to be the one making the speeches or meeting with the elected officials, there is a space in place for everyone to get involved.”
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