What do LMYF Youth Ambassadors do?
Our Youth Ambassadors represent the LMYF at meetings with our strategic partners, policy making forums and decision-making arenas. We provide training, which teaches them the skills of lobbying and campaigning. This helps them grow in confidence, allows them to get their views across, and enables them to influence others to bring about positive change within the community.
They attend monthly meetings where they discuss plans to make sure that the LMYF is represented at upcoming events which meet the goals and aspirations of the organisation. These meetings are also where they plan and agree on the sort of events and activities they would like to put on for their peers and the wider community.
Over the years Youth Ambassadors have represented the LMYF across many diverse platforms including local partnership meetings, city-wide forums and European Union events in Strasbourg. Their creativity in planning and delivering exciting, unique events such as Caligrafitti, Eid Fest, interfaith workshops and fundraising days like climbing Mount Snowdon or Ben Nevis, has been a constant source of inspiration to all of us at LMYF.
What skills and experiences do LMYF Youth Ambassadors gain?
Our Youth Ambassadors learn a wide range of skills that equip them well for later life. Through public speaking at events their self-esteem and confidence grows while their interpersonal skills improve as they have to interact with people from all walks of life including those from many different ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.
Given that they plan events, they learn how to work as part of a team, developing project management, budgeting and event management skills along the way. They attend an annual weekend youth leadership training course where they receive media training and are taught how to debate and communicate effectively with others as well as learning about leadership, resilience and conflict resolution.
They also develop a greater understanding and knowledge of their great home city of Leeds. By exploring its history, and revelling in its diversity they are able to broaden their horizons and embrace everything that it has to offer. All of the above combine to make our ambassadors confident, upstanding members of the local community.
How do I become a LMYF Youth Ambassador?
Do you think that you’re not being heard? That no one is listening to your point of view? Become an ambassador for us and you’ll be able to share your views with influential decision makers in the city and bring about positive change.
In order to shape the future, we need young people who are the future.
By becoming one of our ambassadors you will represent the young Muslim community, whose opinions, views and ideas are essential for building a cohesive, inclusive society in Leeds.
You’ll be involved in organising events with your team, receive training on our leadership course, run media and activity-based projects, and in the process become a confident, upstanding and influential member of your local community.
We want young people who aspire to:
- Addressing social inequalities.
- Being the leaders, thinkers, speakers and visionaries of tomorrow.
- Motivating others and taking a positive role in the community.
- Addressing issues that impact on their peers.
- Becoming the ‘Voice of Muslim Youth’.
If you can answer ‘Yes’ to these questions we want to hear from you.
- I want my voice, and the voices of my friends to be heard.
- I want to change my community for the better.
- I want to influence decisions that affect me and my friends.
- I am aged between 18 and 25.
- I can listen to, and consider different views.
- I have an interest in lobbying and campaigning for change.
- I am able to challenge stereotypical views in a constructive manner.
- I am creative and have the drive to take new ideas forward.
All you need to do now is fill in the application here to become an ambassador, and email the completed form to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.