Mansoor Alam

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Syed Mansoor Alam (born July 24, 1993) is the founder and current director of The Enough Foundation, and its sister group, Enough Advocacy, a student-led nonprofit organization based out of Cheshire, Connecticut.[1] He is a published author, businessman, a social entrepreneur focused on non-profit marketing, and a political activist concerned with issues pertaining to race and youth engagement.[2]

Alam with Hillary Clinton.
Alam with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Personal life[edit]

Alam is a graduate of Dodd Middle School, and drop out from Cheshire High School in Cheshire, Connecticut.[3] He matriculated at Wesleyan University in the fall of 2011.[4][5][6] Alam is a practicing Muslim of Irish-Pakistani descent.[7]

Humanitarian work[edit]

Alam founded the non-profit organization The Enough Foundation, known simply as "Enough", as a junior in high school. The organization's focus is to improve educational access and quality to children, particularly in Pakistan.[8] Alam has headed many charitable initiatives. Notable among these initiatives is the "Project Pakistan", a student-led project that is working to improve education in impoverished areas. The fundraising efforts for this project were marked by a benefit concert hosted on May 23, 2010 in Alam's home town, featuring Immortal Technique and many others.[9][10] The project began in late 2011 in Karachi, Pakistan with the funding of three non-profit primary schools, as well as the rebuilding of another school in hopes of it attaining accreditation. In 2013 The Enough Foundation announced "Sans Silence", a new project led by Alam that would work to improve data accessibility and resources for research in the areas of child sexual abuse in Pakistan.[11]

Alam has spoken on race relations at Capitol Hill,[12] the State Department, and the White House.[13] His work earned him a nomination for the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Alam was awarded the 2010 Be The Change award.[14] Alam has been recognized for his work in race relations and humanitarian aid by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Rep. Christopher Murphy, D-5th District, among many others.[15][16] He was featured in the 2011 Inaugural edition of the State Department newsletter.[17] He is also a 2011 recipient of the Prudential Award for service to others.[18][19] He was awarded the Presidential Award for Volunteer Service in 2011.[20][21] The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recently named Alam as a finalist for their annual award, though Alam asked to have his nomination rescinded before the final decisions were made, on account of what he claims was "improper judging etiquette". Alam was also the youngest attendee of the Secretary's Global Forum on Diaspora communities in Spring 2011. In March 2011, Alam traveled with fellow members of The Enough Foundation to the Syrian border to visit refugee camps.[22] In January 2013 Alam announced Project Sans Silence, an effort of The Enough Foundation focused on child sexual exploitation and abuse in Pakistan.[23]

Political work[edit]

Alam has lobbied for many Political Activism Committees, focusing on reform in legislation that may be considered discriminatory on the basis of race or religion. In early 2010, Alam spoke before members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency regarding radicalization in Islam,[24] as well as effective, constitutional legislation. Alam has also spoken before State and Federal legislatures, as well as members of the Senate, in an effort to increase federal funding and support of emergency relief programs, particularly in Pakistan and the Middle East. He has additionally volunteered extensively for the Democratic Party.[25] On May 23, 2011 Alam testified at a Capitol hearing on hate crimes and racial profiling, in which he expressed the continued work that needs to be done in minority community relations.[26] He was formerly a project manager for CAIR, as well as the social media director for Michael John Williams, a candidate for Connecticut's 5th Congressional district. In January 2012, Alam—representing the Wesleyan Democrats—was the "sole protester" outside of the Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Committee, protesting the appointment of Sebastian Giuliano a day before an official vote was to take place. The committee would later reject Giuliano's nomination.[27][28] Alam has additionally spoken out against religious scholars and advocated for LGBT rights within Islam.[29]

As an author[edit]

Alam's book, entitled "Ten Years Older", was released on September 11, 2011 .[5]

Alam signing copies of his book

Alam has pledged to donate all profits to The Enough Foundation.[30]

In Business[edit]

Alam founded Fort Box Publishing in 2011, a not-for-profit publishing company that offered free services for authors engaged in humanitarian and activist work. In 2013 the company renamed itself to Fort Box Enterprise and additionally branded itself as a web development firm.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jesse Buchanan. "Teen's nonprofit tackles big issues – MyRecordJournal.com: Cheshire News". Myrecordjournal.com. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mansoor Alam | 9/17". CTnow. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ "CHS Announces Final Honor Roll For 2008/09". The Cheshire Herald. July 26, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Embassies & Consulates Directory – News – Pakistani-American Inspiration". M.usembassy.gov. July 21, 2011. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "‘That Muslim kid’ has got a book out – and yes, it’s about Islam – MyRecordJournal.com: Cheshire News". Myrecordjournal.com. September 10, 2011. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ Stuart, Christine (October 16, 2011). "Occupy Hartford Meets Anti-war Movement". CT News Junkie. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Understanding Radicalization And De-Radicalization Strategies". Deradicalize.org. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Enough Foundation". Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Benefit Concert Promo". 
  10. ^ "ENOUGH Concert To Benefit Planned Pakistani Orphanage". The Cheshire Herald. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Sans Silence Project". Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ By PAKPAC.NET PAK PAC+ Add Contact (August 5, 2010). "Panel 4- Saud Anwar. Shahid Buttar, Kulsoon Lakhani, Mansoor Alam, Aysha Chowdhry | Flickr – Photo Sharing!". Flickr. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ Posted by taidhgín. "Cheshire High School, Petit Women Be The Change Awards (May 20, 2010) – Petit Family Foundation". Pffpetit.posterous.com. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Remarks at the Annual State Department Iftar". State.gov. September 7, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Pakistani-American group turns attention to victims of massive flooding | News from southeastern Connecticut". The Day. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/155334.pdf
  18. ^ "Honorees". Spirit.prudential.com. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Prudential Newsroom: Top Youth Volunteers in Each State Selected in 16th Annual National Awards Program". News.prudential.com. February 8, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  20. ^ Business Wire (February 8, 2011). "Connecticut's Top Two Youth Volunteers Selected in 16th Annual National Awards Program". Business Wire. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  21. ^ "MarketWatch.com". MarketWatch.com. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  22. ^ http://www.cheshireherald.com/node/5454
  23. ^ "Project Sans Silence". Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Understanding Radicalization And De-Radicalization Strategies". Deradicalize.org. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Al Adinolfi comments on Hayes, Komisarjevsky upset Elizabeth Esty supporters- The New Haven Register – Serving New Haven, Connecticut". Nhregister.com. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  26. ^ "CT-N Connecticut Network::Media On-Demand". Ct-n.com. Retrieved January 18, 2012. 
  27. ^ http://articles.courant.com/2012-01-17/news/hc-complaint-filed-against-election-agencys-proposed-new-director-20120117_1_election-complaint-wesleyan-university-student-mayoral-election
  28. ^ http://www.ctnewsjunkie.com/ctnj.php/archives/entry/seec_did_not_move_forward_with_giulianos_appointment
  29. ^ "Choosing My Religion". The Huffington Post. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Local Muslims and others reflect on the impact of the terrorist attacks | News from southeastern Connecticut". The Day. September 11, 2001. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Fort Box Enterprise". Fortbox.org. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 

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