Born and raised in Compton, California, Akin was introduced to the power of organizing at an early age. He attributes much of his success and commitment to community to his mother, who always told him that he could be president of the United States. As a teen, Akin created Project Homebound, an initiative to raise awareness about the tragic homelessness that affects a quarter of youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood. He also launched a campaign that lead to landmark legislation increasing the legal age for foster care to 21 years old. In 2015, Akin was honored by President Barack Obama as a White House Champion of Change.
Eventually Akin moved to Baltimore, where he served as the policy director at FosterClub to advocate for alumni of foster care, which ultimately led to passing comprehensive child welfare reform. In addition, Akin is passionate about educating others about issues facing the education of black students. He is a doctoral student in education at Fielding Graduate University and studies black radical pedagogy.
Upon returning home to Los Angeles, Akin joined E4E because of teachers’ innovative ideas to address the challenges students faced within communities like his hometown. As an outreach director, Akin enjoys every opportunity he has to elevate the voices of teachers toward the goal of better outcomes for students.
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