Nael Shakur, 11, is a member of the all-youth board of advisors of the We Cancerve Movement, Inc., a nonprofit that brings happiness to children experiencing homelessness, catastrophic illness and food insecurity, who are in foster care group homes and orphanages, and to unaccompanied minors. He will enter sixth grade in Fall 2023.
Hobbies: sailing, golf, playing video games with friends, reading and making music in his free time with his sister
Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is that I love making comics with my friends. I also love to travel and learn about other people and cultures. I’ve been to three countries so far and can’t wait to visit more!
Nael's volunteer experience outside of We Cancerve, mostly consists of helping his mother in her quarterly food drives. They collect shelf-stable items from friends and neighbors and donate them to those with food insecurities. He also volunteers with the Arts Collective in Havre de Grace and supports their work in bringing art to Harford and Cecil Counties.
"I like community service because I want to help make a greater impact on this world. I want to help people in need because I feel so fortunate and want to pay it forward," he said. "I like community service because I want to help the world become a better place. I want to help the world to evolve with happiness and kindness."
He said he's looking to joining Scouts in the fall. Basketball is his favorite sport, and he's looking to join some of the great sports teams he says his school offers in the Fall.