What are we about?

Michael “Pinball” Clemons first developed The Road Home as a way for lawyer Jamil Jivani to share his inspiring story with youth across Canada. Jamil’s story was recently published by HarperCollins in his nonfiction book Why Young Men.

Jamil has delivered popular presentations about the experiences of marginalized youth to dozens of schools, community programs and businesses. The Road Home has since grown to be more than just a series of presentations. Today The Road Home is capturing best practices for empowering and supporting youth across Canada, in partnership with the Pinball Clemons Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada.

About Jamil

Jamil Jivani is a Canadian lawyer, activist, professor and author. He is focused on creating economic opportunities for families, empowering youth and improving public safety.

Jamil has held research and teaching appointments at Osgoode Hall Law School and Yale Law School. Jamil was also the director of law and policy at Our Ohio Renewal, a nonprofit organization founded at Ohio State University to develop solutions to the issues raised in J.D. Vance's bestselling memoir "Hillbilly Elegy."

Jamil's community leadership has included founding the Citizen Empowerment Project and serving as Vice Chair of the Children's Aid Society of Toronto. He has also volunteered with youth organizations in Kenya, Egypt and Belgium. Jamil's work in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in North America and Europe has led him to appear on numerous national and international television and radio programs. His writing has been published by The UK Guardian, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, National Post and Australia’s Quillette magazine.

A graduate of Humber College, York University and Yale Law School, Jamil was named the 2015 young lawyer of the year by the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers and received the International Development and Relief Foundation’s 2017 youth leadership award. Jamil’s first book Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity was published by HarperCollins in 2018 and listed for the Toronto Book Awards. 

The Road Home is raising awareness about the challenges facing Canadian youth, and creating a platform to spotlight real solutions across our country.