Meet The City of Toronto Muslim Youth Fellowship 2019 CohortWritten by Making Headlines
The Muslim Youth Fellowship is a non-partisan program which provides politically motivated students the opportunity to complement their academic studies with hands-on experience working with an elected government representative.
The historic Muslim Youth Fellowship program, now in its second year, provides hands on civic and political leadership training to Muslim youth leaders, with the goal of ensuring that municipal policy-making reflects the diversity that is Toronto's strength and defining feature.
This year's Muslim Youth Fellows will soon be commencing their placements at Toronto City Councillors' offices.
The Muslim Youth Fellowship was first launched in 2018.
According to The Torontoist, "The Muslim Youth Fellowship was organized by two leaders of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, Mohammed Hashim and Nora Hindy, who came up with the idea during the federal election in 2015, when they noticed a high level of political engagement and interest within the GTA’s Muslim community. 'We wanted to create an opportunity for young Muslims to democratically engage and give back to the city in a meaningful way,' says Hashim, who is also a senior organizer for the Toronto and York Region Labour Council. The fellowship received initial funding from the Atkinson and Laidlaw foundations, and received more than 60 applications for the first round of internships."
According to the Toronto Star, the first cohort of fellows had the opportunity to meet with politicos from across the political spectrum, from Alykhan Velshi, Stephen Harper’s former director of issues management in 2014, to Michal Hay, Jagmeet Singh’s NDP leadership campaign director, to Tom Allison, who steered Ontario Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne’s leadership bid, and Walied Soliman, Patrick Brown’s 2018 campaign chair.
The Muslim Youth Fellowship is also looking for mentors for its mentorship program. They are looking for people who have prior professional experience in politics, policy, civil service, political organizing, community organizing, or public administration. To learn more, click here.
- ABDULLAH OSMAN ABDULLAH OSMAN
- AHIL KHUWAJA AHIL KHUWAJA
- ANISA ABDULLE ANISA ABDULLE
- ASHIMA RAFI ASHIMA RAFI
- AYSHA AHMEDJAN AYSHA AHMEDJAN
- FATAH AWIL FATAH AWIL
- HODAN MOHAMUD HODAN MOHAMUD
- KHADIJA WASEEM KHADIJA WASEEM
- LADAN EGEH LADAN EGEH
- MOHAMED IBRAHIM MOHAMED IBRAHIM
- NAEEMA HASSAN NAEEMA HASSAN
- NIYA ABDULLAHI NIYA ABDULLAHI
- ROSIA NOURI ROSIA NOURI
- ZARTASHA ZAINAB ZARTASHA ZAINAB
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