Nashid Ali, born and raised in Philadelphia, graduated from Simon Gratz HS and Wilberforce University. He earned a MA from Northwestern University and an Advanced Leadership Training Certificate in Violence Prevention from Harvard University. His skills have been used in significant roles in the City of Philadelphia, such as a social worker for Children’s Services, Inc., as well as a musician, artist, jeweler, and community activist. Currently, Nashid Ali serves as the community police liason for the Upper Darby Police Department.
He has played and continues to maintain key roles around Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs as organizer of Children Speak Out for Peace in the Empowerment Zone and Peace Day Philadelphia. His afiliations, besides being the president of Keepers of the Culture, Inc., include: Men in Support of the Million Woman March; Chair of the West Philadelphia Empowerment Zone Health and Human Services Committee; and program director of West Philadlephia’s Peacemaker Project.
Nashid Ali is a founding member of DROP SQUAD 99, the performing arts trio to create a safe environment for children through the artistry of drumming, storytelling, poetry, and songs.
Jasmine Rashid, born and raised on Long Island, graduated from Farmingdale HS and is currently a freshman at Swarthmore College, class of 2018. Though she is a prospective Economics major and Peace and Conflict Studies minor, she is exploring a variety of academic interests including writing, sociology, political science, and art.
Jasmine has worked with children with special needs since she was twelve years old, and continues to serve as a swim and water safety instructor in the special need communities of SPLASH and Camp Horseability. In 2011, she was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Award by President Barack Obama’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. She is passionate about the importance of equal education for girls, and in high school she was the local chapter President and a Regional Board Member for Girls Learn International. Jasmine has always been passionate about exposing racial injustices, and worked within her high school as the President of Ambassadors’ Club to facilitate social integration and diversity appreciation and understanding. Most recently, she has been independently interested in exploring themes of identity and negative bias, and the powerful influences parental figures have on such factors. In 2014, she was awarded the Promoting Cultural Diversity and Harmony Award by the Town of Oyster Bay.