Jhakeem was born and raised in Ithaca, NY,. He received an MSW in 2007 and has worked as a teacher and youth counselor for 9 years. Currently he is the Dean of Student Life at New Roots Charter School, where he has helped to launch and lead the Cayuga Wetland Restoration Project.
New Roots Charter School is a small urban public high school in Ithaca, New York. Our mission to educate for sustainability and justice by fostering understanding of the human and natural history of our city and region, and creating strong, respectful working relationships between people of diverse ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds.