When Maryum was a child, her father, Muhammad Ali, asked her, “What is your purpose?” She replied, “I want to help people.” Maryum’s efforts to do just that has manifested in a myriad of ways throughout her life.
In the 1990’s, she tried to inspire youth by being a role model within the music industry, but the prevalence of female exploitation and other negative aspects within entertainment shifted her plans toward inspiring young people in a more direct way.
Maryum returned to college and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She has fifteen years of experience in the field of juvenile delinquency prevention and youth development. Maryum has worked with over three hundred youth and their families as a Case Manager and Program Director. She also served as a Regional Manager for the Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development in the City of Los Angeles.
In 2016, the A&E Network heard about her work in high crime neighborhoods and invited her to participate in their docuseries, “60 Days In,” where she spent time as an undercover inmate in an Indiana jail. Maryum is the author of a children’s picture book about her father titled, “I Shook Up the World: The Incredible Life of Muhammad Ali” that was published in 2003.
For the past three years, Maryum has been public speaking, while developing a 3-year pilot program that will provide comprehensive services for youth and families.
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