Omer Ismael is a Studio Y Fellow at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto and Manager at AVNU.
For years Omer has spent his energy learning how to best support the city's youth as he has, or hasn't been supported in the past. Born and raised in Scarborough, Omer worked within varying arts organizations serving Toronto's youth, while attending York University for Development Studies and Political Science.
Throughout his work and education, Omer strives to shift the ways in which youth engage with traditional education, and help guide them as they make their learning their own.
When he is not trying to channel his inner Horace Mann, Omer can be found basking in the auditory brilliance in the form of stand-up comedy, podcasts, and good ol' Hip Hop.
Youth Citizenship, 2014 Our Canada Symposium session (audio)