Born and raised in Harlem, NY, Qasim has directed his passions and devotion to non-profit program development in the interest of community political education, focusing on youth leadership development and organizing. His passions lead him to New Orleans six and a half years ago to work with youth and community members in the Lower Ninth Ward. Qasim worked with Our School at Blair Grocery, building and administering a social justice curriculum for high school aged youth who were pushed out of traditional school settings, while also managing service-learners from all over the country looking to address food scarcity in their community through urban gardening. As an AmeriCorps member, Qasim channeled his love for community building, change making, and education into his service with Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools as the Campus Organizer. The utilization of his skills in community organizing, strategic planning, and popular education allowed for him to transition into the role of Program Manager with Rethink for the past four years. Qasim’s training and work with the Highlander Center for Research and Education, Alliance for Educational Justice, and Greater New Orleans Foundation Emerging Leaders Program have offered Qasim the ability to grow in his field. Qasim joins the Louisiana Playworks team because he believes in the power of play and its ability to create lifelong learners and build strong communities. Moreover, he knows play is a crucial component in creating the world we wish to see.
Qasim is an ardent Ultimate Frisbee player and will try almost any sport. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking for friends, playing chess, and collecting vinyl Hip-Hop records.