Maryum Rasool, MSA, is the Executive Director of the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village (SBEV), a community organization on the north side of Flint, Michigan, that offers both academic and athletic programs to underserved, at-risk youth. SBEV firmly believes that investing in young people is the key to creating compelling and lasting change in our community. SBEV serves over 1000 students and over 10,000 families annually. During her tenure as Executive Director, the SBEV received an award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency to support culturally sensitive nutrition education and mitigation of lead poison, partnered with Jaden Smith’s organization to help provide clean water to the residents of Flint as well as securing a community impact award from the NFL Detroit Lions. Additionally, under Ms. Rasool’s leadership SBEV has partnered with Grammy award-winning producers to provide music education to young people. SBEV’s music education work is an award recipient from the Lewis Prize Foundation.
Originally from Boston, Ms. Rasool traveled the world with her family until they eventually settled in Flint, Michigan when she was young. Ms. Rasool has over 20 years of non-profit management experience. Ms. Rasool is committed to serving Flint’s unique neighborhoods and its diverse people. Ms. Rasool serves on the boards of directors for the Wellness Services of Flint, MI., and Rabata, an international women’s group. On issues ranging from educational and nutritional deficiencies to economic and water crises, Ms. Rasool works tirelessly to transform Flint into a just and equitable city by removing the structural barriers that prevent children from reaching their full potential. She holds an M.S. In administration from Central Michigan University and a BA in organizational communications from the University of Michigan.