Mohammad A. Muntakim (18) is a student, community organizer, and an advocate for justice. He is currently a senior at Cass Technical High School, located in the heart of Detroit, where he previously served as the President of the Muslim Students Association. In 2018, he launched a campaign urging the Detroit Public Schools Community District to observe the Muslim holiday of Eid. Through this “DPSCDoff4Eid” campaign, he envisioned a district that acknowledges the diversity that exists within the Detroit community.
Mohammad currently also works as an intern for 482 Forward, an education justice organization, advocating for better educational opportunities for Detroit students. As someone who shares a passion for community engagement, Mohammad is dedicated to improving the future of Detroit. During his time on The Skillman Foundation’s President’s Youth Council, he hopes to work alongside his peers and the Foundation’s leadership to develop safe recreational centers with academic support for Detroit youth across the city. Additionally, through this new role, he intends to highlight and support the needs of youth across Detroit.
In the future, he intends to work toward pursuing a career in medicine with the hopes of raising the standards of healthcare in his community. Mohammad is uncertain as to where he will be attending college this fall, but he is certain that Detroit will always be home.