Jamil Jivani is a Canadian social entrepreneur and community organizer. He is the founder of the Policing Literacy Initiative, co-founder of Teachers Beyond the Classroom, and a 2014-15 articling student at Torys LLP.
Jivani was born in Toronto, Ontario and raised in the Greater Toronto Area. After high school Jivani attended Humber College and York University. In 2013 he earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School. Before attending law school, Jivani worked as a dishwasher and line cook in local Toronto area restaurants.
While a student at Yale, Jivani was Program Director of the Yale Chapter of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project and President of the Yale Black Law Students Association.He was also part of the Innovations in Policing Clinic, in which he authored a case study of police-community relations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He contributed to the 2012 anthology, Jamaica in the Canadian Experience: A Multi-culturalizing Presence, and has written about youth and equality issues for Huffington Post.
In 2013 Jivani founded the Policing Literacy Initiative (PLI), a youth-driven public education and advocacy group focused on community safety issues. Jivani stated to CBC Metro Morning that the purpose of PLI is to spotlight progressive voices among police and community groups and work with them to find common solutions. Jivani wrote an editorial for the National Post in February 2014 about his experience with Toronto Police and the Office of the Independent Police Review Director and the use of mediated conversations for citizen complaints. In March 2014 Jivani advocated for Toronto Police Services Board policy changes to police-community contacts and "carding." In April 2014 Jivani co-produced with Dan Epstein a documentary about police-community relations titled "Crisis of Distrust: Police and Community in Toronto."
Jivani was a 2013-14 Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance DiverseCity Fellow.As a Fellow he co-founded Teachers Beyond the Classroom, which seeks to "help thousands of unemployed teachers transfer their skills to non-school employment opportunities across the Greater Toronto Area." He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Children's Aid Society of Toronto. On February 13, 2014, Jivani was named Yale Alumni Magazine's Newsmaker of the Week.