Hi, I'm Zakareya Hamed.
I'm working to build a better education system while advocating for equity & access.
In 2021, I co-founded Saphron Initiative, a national youth-led advocacy organization with the mission of opening educational opportunities to a broader range of individuals and advocating for public education for all. As the only high schooler-led Network for Public Education (NPE) member organization, Saphron Initiative spans multiple states and provides free peer-to-peer tutoring & courses in collaboration with schools and teachers unions. As Saphron Initiative's Advocacy Director, I've led Saphron Initiative's work alongside offices of Sen. Bernie Sanders and Reps. Cori Bush, Mike Thompson, Kathy Castor, and Jason Crow on advancing intersectional legislation, with Saphron Initiative being an official cosponsor of the Virginia Green New Deal and California Green New Deal and having issued organizational comments to the state legislatures and USDOE. In the past, Saphron Initiative has worked in coordination with prominent organizations such as Greenpeace, Stand.Earth, branches of AFT and NEA, Public Citizen, Maryland Society for Educational Tech, National STEM Honor Society, and the Youth Latinx Leadership Conference, also working with 10 other national organizations to launch BanAssaultRifles.com, sending 200,000 virtual messages to legislators demanding student safety by instating a national assault rifles ban.

My writing has been featured in Justice for Society Magazine and on Saphron Initiative's Medium page. I also serve as current president of the McLean High School Muslim Student Association. Along with my passion for public education, I believe in strengthening the Muslim community's civic and social participation and presence in the political sphere.
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