When he was 8 years-old, Ahmed's home in Baghdad was bombed by militia troops. He and his family relocated to Syria as refugees for two and a half years before receiving approval to move to the United States. Ahmed founded Narratio, a platform for creative expression that seeks to alleviate childhood illiteracy by empowering youth through the publishing of poetry, photography, art and narrative. It publishes works of art from all over the globe, and hosts workshops centered around the power of storytelling and creativity. For his work with Narratio, Ahmed was recently selected as one of thirty Global Teen Leaders by the We Are Family Foundation. Ahmed is currently a college freshman at Wesleyan University, where he is a Fellow at the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.

Photography courtesy of Jerm Cohen.