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Youth

 

Wali Shah is the voice of a generation of youth. From hundreds of schools and colleges across North America, to performing at WeDay, Wali uses his poetry for a purpose. Thousands of youth follow him on social media, as he sparks honest and authentic conversations and raises awareness on social issues using his art and his platform.

 

Wali speaks on issues such as diversity and inclusion, leadership, bullying prevention, toxic masculinity, and mental health. Via workshops, keynotes, and videos with school boards — Wali delivers a message youth can relate to.

15 years old, and labelled at-risk, a teacher introduced him to poetry. Since then, it became an avenue for Wali to share his story. Being Muslim, being Pakistani, and being a teenager wasn't easy — but with the right mentors and a coping strategy, it became easier. Wali also speaks to educators and parents about the power of mentorship and promoting self-expression.

His journey has led to collaborations with Bell's Let's Talk campaign, The CFL, and multiple TEDx appearances. At 24 years old, he is a recent honours graduate of the University of Toronto, he's been featured on WeDay with Selena Gomez, and he's even freestyled with hip hop artist, Kendrick Lamar.