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Jamil Jivani grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, where he experienced many of the challenges that impact struggling young men. At 16 years old, he was labelled illiterate by the public school system. But, Jamil turned his life around with the support of role models and mentors. He went on to graduate from Yale Law School, teach at Osgoode Hall Law School, advise the Government of Ontario, and dedicate his career to supporting youth facing challenges like he did growing up.
At 31 years old, Jamil survived a fight with stage IV non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer, which gave him even greater insights into the role of of community, faith, and public policy in helping people overcome adversity. Jamil's leadership has been recognized by various organizations, including the International Development and Relief Foundation, York University Alumni Awards, and Asian Forum on Global Governance.
Jamil is passionate about writing as a means to pursue truth. His work has been published in New York Post, The Guardian, National Post, Toronto Star, FOX News, National Review, and Quillette Magazine, among other outlets. Jamil’s first book, Why Young Men was published by HarperCollins, St. Martin’s Press, and Pantera Press.