Hi! I’m Yasmine Hamdi: a 17 year old author, public speaker, human rights activist, and world traveler.
I discovered my passion for writing at the young age of 7, and immediately began to write short stories. One rainy summer night in my apartment home of Brooklyn, New York, I conquered boredom by getting started on what would later become my debut novel, Spirit of the Wind, at just 8 years old. It was published in August 2015 and since then, I've been on a crazy but wonderful adventure sharing my voice with the world and meeting the next generation of leaders. I've spoken to hundreds of students throughout the U.S at schools, venues and leadership summits, and have received letters and photos from readers all over the world.
I write adventure stories for middle grade children, with important themes that raise awareness about current global issues, such as: wildlife conservation, children at war, world hunger, disease and poverty. These topics are introduced in a clear and understandable way for the younger audience, with plenty of likeable main characters and a fun-filled storyline that all readers are bound to enjoy.
I am also a big advocate for human rights issues: In July 2017, I raised over $1,000 to support the education of refugee children. Then, I traveled to Northern Jordan to distribute critically-needed supplies to refugee families living in poverty, participate in school activities with refugee children and interview them about their lives before and after the war. Their stories of hope and resilience have forever inspired me, and I plan to write my second book about the Syrian civil war. Through partnership with The Syria Fund, I continue to raise awareness about the refugee crisis and frequently share the photos and videos of my trip through social media, travel magazines and on various blogs, where they inspire hundreds of people to take action.
I strive to inspire children to take action in preserving our planet and battling the biggest problems we face today. We are all capable of making a difference, regardless of age or gender. My dream is that every reader will put down my book feeling empowered and encouraged to follow their own dreams.
Be brave, bold, and believe in your power to change the world.