Tafari Harper is the definition of self-transformation.
A product of Flatbush, Harper grew up in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. As an at-risk youth, he came up in unfavorable conditions: Crown Heights was a difficult spot to rise up from. Determined to make the best life possible for himself and any local community he was a part of, he moved upstate and began building his come-up. The future would turn out to hold great things.
A big proponent of self-betterment and education, Harper graduated from Hudson Valley Community College with an associates degree in Chemical Dependency and Casat Counseling, then went on to receive his bachelors in Human Services from Cazenovia College.
Right after completing his education, Tafari set out to begin making his mark on local community outreach. He began working at The Youth Build Program in Troy NY, helping and inspiring at-risk youth to learn new life skills, including a high school education equivalency and construction certification.
In 2015, Tafari Harper co-founded a not-for-profit to create youth programs and awareness-driven events in Troy NY. One of the first program created under the not-for-profit was a positive youth development program for kids ages 11-17, which would end up winning a National Merit Award from The Boys and Girls Club of America in 2017.
A father of 5 children, whose 4 girls and 1 boy keep him moving all the time, family is a key factor in Tafari’s passion for doing good in the world.
Tafari alone is a powerful force for doing good, and there are many more examples of his efforts than what you’ve just read about here, but with the partnership of his brother Rasi, the two are nearly unstoppable when it comes to strengthening communities and empowering local youth.