The Australian Muslim Youth Leadership and Peer Mentorship Program
The Australian Muslim Youth Leadership and Peer Mentorship Program, an initiative of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, was funded by the Australian Government acting through the Attorney-General’s Department. For more information please visit resilientcommunities.gov.au
The AMF developed a twelve-month long national program designed to facilitate engagement and positive action of young Muslims. The Australian Muslim Youth Leadership and Peer Mentorship Program was developed based on the AMF’s previous work in this area and on national and international findings. The program presented young Australian Muslims with a series of challenging tasks where leadership and mentorship underpinned the learning process.
The purpose of the initiative was to provide a safe and supportive learning environment where young Muslims would (a) experience influences and teachings that promote tolerance and understanding; and (b) learn skills that build confidence to lead and mentor within their own and the wider community.
The program objectives were to:
- Connect with at-risk young Australian Muslims to reduce their sense of alienation and frustration;
- Establish alternative narratives that challenge and refute extremist ideologies;
- Create opportunities for participants to confidently engage with the broader community;
- Provide opportunities to develop leaders among Muslim youth
- Develop skills to identify and mentor other at-risk Australian Muslim youth;
- Develop media and communication skills to undertake public speaking engagements with the aim of increasing public awareness of Islam and dispelling myths and misconceptions about Muslims;
- Develop a framework and proposal for a national event focusing on youth issues for Muslims and non-Muslims;
- Expand networks through membership to the AMF Muslim Youth Alumni.