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The Scholar Activist

Sadiyah Sabree is not only a model student, she’s also a model Youth Action member.

Education is central to the Youth Action mission. We use innovative techniques to educate those in our peer group on civic awareness and responsibility. And also, all YA members value the importance of academic achievement.

Sadiyah, a junior, earns near perfect grades in all honors and advance placement courses at the competitive Agnes Irwin School just outside of Philadelphia.

Recently, Sadiyah was named a member of the highly selective Tavis Smiley Foundation National Youth Advisory Council. As a council member she will help spearhead the organization of a leadership conference held on the campus of University of California Los Angles (UCLA) that will impact more than two hundred students.

Since joining Youth Action, Sadiyah has principally served as a Junior Youth Action mentor and the team’s volunteer project coordinator. As volunteer project coordinator for YA, Sadiyah leads the organizing of team volunteer outings in the Philadelphia community and works to engage her peers to also join members of YA at these service sites.

“I like YA because it gives me the opportunity to play an active role in improving my community. It also gives me the chance to enhance my leadership skills and meet other teens that have a similar drive to succeed,” says Sadiyah

At Agnes, she is the President of the Black Student Union, participates in her school’s service learning projects, and is a soccer player.  In addition, Sadiyah is a council member for Youthadelphia, a youth-led philanthropic organization that reviews and votes on community grant applications that will support youth development. She has interned at the The Franklin Institute and will be a participant in the LEAD program at the University of Virginia this summer.

“What I like the most about Sadiyah is her level of commitment to everything she does. She offers a profound efficiency and dedication to her family, friends, school, places of employment, and community” says Team President Anthony Phillips. “The task of a Youth Action member is to not only do well in school, but to also use the education they attain in school to serve as a source for positive social change in communities. She does this remarkably.”

For most members of Youth Action, education, service, and leadership represent their values. And working with Youth Action serves as a way in which they can manifest their purpose in life.  Sadiyah is manifesting her destiny.


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