George is a passionate youth worker whose experience includes working with young people affected by alcohol and other drugs (AOD), unemployment, physical disabilities and homelessness. He has worked with youth for years in the justice system, those from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background and those who identify as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
George’s ability to connect with young people is second to none. He is able to both empathize with and inspire young people.
It is this deep connection with young people and pride in his own cultural background that has driven him to also author a series of children’s fiction, Childhood Champions. The stories follow a group of 8 year old friends from culturally diverse backgrounds who live in George’s own hometown of New York City. Each story addresses life-lessons from faith to friendship, compassion, teamwork to personal safety.
George regularly undertakes incursions at primary and high schools promoting literacy and presenting programs to young students about Childhood Champions.
In becoming-published the Childhood Champions book series, also raised funds to build water wells around the world in partnership with Muslim Aid Australia, where a percentage of each donation from his original crowd funding campaign to publish the first two books was able to support the construction of six water wells in countries such as Cambodia, Pakistan, Indonesia and India. He continues to partner with Muslim Aid Australia and advocates for the accessibility of safe drinking water in developing countries and now totals twelve completed wells.
George’s career in community services followed a complete change in career trajectory. After completing his double Bachelor degrees in English and Psychology at Auburn University, Alabama, his career started in the music industry. He remained in the industry for more than 18 years, culminating in an eight year stint working at highly acclaimed Hip-Hop record label, Roc-A-Fella Records.
George was selected as one of the 10 most influential African-American, Muslim authors everyone should know by Omera Productions in 2019.
George was also highlighted in 2015 by the Rejuvenate Magazine, 40 under 40 Connect Faith section.