In South Bucks, Marlow’s Hamaad Karim was given a British Empire Medal (BEM) for voluntary services to students and the wider community in the pandemic.
Hamaad cofounded the Tazil Foundation, which seeks to provide key employability skills to those from underrepresented socioeconomic backgrounds..
The 22-year-old helped 85 students obtain training and graduate positions – and created virtual platforms to help others in the world of work. His content reached more than 180,000 people through mediums such as LinkedIn.
While the pandemic unfolded, youth unemployment drastically increased and in response he recognised a need for students from underprivileged backgrounds to gain key employability skills to give them the best chance of obtaining a job so he created content for law students which he shared on social media to best target student.
His help massively aided a student to obtain a training contract with leading global law firm Reed Smith in an uncertain job market.
Hamaad also got involved in We Create Change, a charitable platform that began in 2021.
The platform aims to better educate people on the issues facing ethnic minorities globally.
It has a collection of more than 170 resources and has been able to reach over 18,000 people in 91 countries.
It has partnerships with Amazon Alexa and several prominent figures.
Hamaad also managed 500 students to raise more than £30,000 for food initiatives in the Middle East and North Africa.