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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.

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