Major: Public Policy
School: Georgia Institute of Technology
Sponsor: Muslim Community Association of the Bay Area (MCA)
Mahdi Al Husseini is a undergraduate junior at the Georgia Institute of Technology majoring in Public Policy and Biomedical Engineering, with a minor in Leadership Studies. He is a certified professional in human relations (PHR) and an associate of project management (CAPM). Mahdi was born in Makkah, Saudi Arabia and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Mahdi is passionate about municipal civic action, youth engagement in local politics, K-12 educational curriculum, and epistemology.
What does it mean to know, and how can we best facilitate learning in our youth? These questions are the cornerstone of Mahdi’s work as the Communications Director at VVV Academy in Johns Creek, GA. At VVV Academy, Mahdi helps develops game theory based curriculum designed to expedite the learning process in high school students. Additionally, he has interned with the I Am Gifted Foundation in an effort to support inner-city students pursuing a college education. Mahdi has spoken on restructuring the K-12 learning process at a variety of venues, including TEDxYouth@Franklin and Georgia Tech’s Martin Luther King Celebration.
A testament to his love for Metropolitan Atlanta, Mahdi is blessed to organize the annual TEDxDouglasville nonprofit event in downtown Douglasville, and is currently working alongside the mayor and a core team of four towards the establishment of the Douglasville Youth Office (DYO). By establishing a city youth office, Mahdi hopes to empower local youth by legitimizing youth-led initiatives, matching youth to city projects, and developing a youth resource center with physical presence in City Hall.
When not breakdancing with the Georgia Tech Tekstyles dance crew, Mahdi spends his time writing poetry on Islam and nature, and conjuring up musical pieces on the piano. Mahdi also serves as an ROTC cadet in the U.S. Army.