Najmuddeen "Naj" Salaam is the curator of H.O.P.E. (Helping Ourselves Pursue Excellence) a communal mentoring program. He designed and wrote this program while incarcerated at Marion Correctional Institution. H.O.P.E. has been helping to provide cognitive change and direction in the lives of young incarcerated men of M.C.I. since 2007. He is a communicator and self-taught speaker of Spanish and was successful in organizing Hispanic Heritage Month for Hispanic inmates while incarcerated at M.C.I. He is currently a Program Coordinator for WinWin, Inc's. Institute for Response-Able Reentry. Through this organization he became a certified mediator, facilitator and continues to help incarcerated and restored citizens. His story is one of resilience and helping others. He prides himself on helping people grow and especially on being a father. He is currently completing a bachelors of Science in Management and Leadership.
After TEDxMarionCorrectional Naj's goal is to complete an autobiography of his life and reentry experiences.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)