Director of Student Life

“A society grows great when old men plant trees who’s shade they know they’ll never sit in,” is the motto that Ameen Akbar lives by throughout his continuing career in service to the communities of Philadelphia.

Raised in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, Ameen has dedicated his life to being a driving force for change in the community along with improving the lives of young people. Ameen earned his Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Penn State University in 199. Shortly after graduation he worked in Philadelphia’s juvenile justice system assisting young men transitioning back home from court commitments at state residential treatment facilities.

Ameen is the Director of Student Life at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School and has been part of this dynamic organization since January of 2006. Ameen is an integral part of the outstanding culture and climate at YouthBuild Philadelphia and has recently taken over the challenge of service programming through YouthBuild’s AmeriCorps program. He has implemented a restorative practices approach to the discipline process and serves as the central figure in communication with the student body.

In addition to his work at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School, Ameen previously served as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Penn State, the Abington College. Throughout his tenure at the school, Ameen has provided inner-city and suburban men the opportunity to attend college and play basketball at the collegiate level. Lastly, Ameen also he serves as Vice President of the Young Legends Basketball Program in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia. He along with his father Skip Akbar has assisted in the development of student-athletes for over a decade through basketball, life skills and cultural enrichment.

aakbar@youthbuildphilly.org