Ahmad Ali Lewis is a social entrepreneur and hip hop artist from South Central Los Angeles. At 17, under the name “Ahmad,” he wrote and performed the classic hip hop song “Back In The Day.” Later, he became the founding member of the hip hop fusion band 4th Avenue Jones. The band was signed to Interscope Records and toured internationally, performing with such notables as Stevie Wonder, The Roots, The Black Eyed Peas, and KRS One.

After 4th Avenue Jones disbanded, Ahmad was accepted to Stanford University, having graduated as valedictorian from Long Beach City College. He is currently a graduate student at the USC School of Social Work.

Ahmad’s latest venture is We Celebrate Life + People or WeCLAP. The WeCLAP mission is to empower communities by forming partnerships designed to explore and engage in social entrepreneurship, education, and advocacy.

Ahmad was on Next Level Team Tanzania.


Sheikia “Purple Haze” Norris was born in the birthplace of hip-hop: the Bronx. Currently residing in Newark, New Jersey, Purple Haze challenges audiences with a natural ease and a voice that inspires audience movement and positive thoughts. Purple Haze has mastered her own rich style of spitting lyrics with both power and substance, and she is recognized as a skilled performing and teaching artist.

She has been a Ladies First! Fund grant recipient, a lead artist in NJPAC’s Hip-Hop Institute Summer Program, an Edutainment Program Facilitator & Recruiter for the Hip-Hop Culture Center, a member of the Toni Blackman’s Rhyme Like A Girl Collective (Freestyle Union), and an up and coming curator for hip hop art and performance.

She is currently recording her highly anticipated EP, “pH Balance”.

Sheikia was on Next Level Team India.


Kane Smego

He is an alumnus of Next Level Zimbabwe, and he has served as the site manager for NL programs in Thailand, Brazil, Morocco, Cambodia, Guatemala, Dominican Republic.