YOUTH AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
We currently have a variety of projects that are either being planned or are running:
1. Affiliate Consultation
This is an ongoing project which is outreach work with our affiliates who cater for the youth. It encompasses a series of meetings with our affiliates in order to ascertain the needs of young Muslims in their immediate area, region and on a wider and national level.
2. Young Muslim Beacon Awards (YMBA)
An awards ceremony showcasing the achievements of various organisations up and down the country, using the format of case studies to show methods of best practice in various fields.
For more information on the awards visit www.ymba.co.uk
MCB Press Release on The Young Muslim Beacon Award 2010
MCB Press Release on The Young Muslim Beacon Award 2009
MCB Press Release on The Young Muslim Beacon Award 2008
3. Media Skills Training Workshops
This is a series of workshops delivered to young activists in the Muslim community. The workshops aim to develop the activist's background, knowledge and understanding of the mainstream media as well as develop communication and leadership skills. The workshops are run by external organisations, most of whom are MCB affiliates.
The first such seminar was held at Birmingham University in October 2008 where the seminar was based on the topic 'Why engage with the media'. Concepts such as the theoretical background to the Media were delivered by Dr Noureddine Miladi, founder of the Centre for Arab and Muslim Media Research and a current Lecturer in Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Northampton. Alex Kirby, a former veteran of news journalism with over 20 years of experience working at the BBC, presented on 'why journalism matters' which initiated dialogue between the participants and speakers to override fears and anxieties young Muslims may have with regards to the Media.
MCB Press Release on the Media Seminar
4. Youth Organisations Directory and Database
This will entail a huge network of Muslim and non-Muslim youth organisations and youth groups in all parts of the country. As well as assisting in inter-organisational communication, it will also give the public realm (e.g. local authorities) an easy way of finding contact details for the various youth organisations in the country.
5. The Platform, Britain Ten Years On
This new and dynamic initiative is to be a youth-led blog entitled The Platform. As the title suggests, the initiative is designed to channel the views and opinions of the wider community in a positive and productive way, or to provide a platform for constructive debate.
The Platform circulates around a central theme: `Britain ten years on; envisioning and structuring progress'. It is designed to promote a proactive approach to debate, maintaining a visionary focus on progress, and also correspond with MCB's goal in working towards the common good. The latest news and topical issues are discussed healthily and creatively in the interest of free speech.
The project spans 6 weeks and encompasses 5 key issues during this time. It boasts articles from leading academics, journalists and politicians in their respective fields as well as young and talented contributors. The broad weekly themes that are being covered are Universal Values, Crime & Security, Politics & Civic Participation, Spirituality and Culture.
The website was launched on the 22nd January 2010 at Imperial College London and will continue for five weeks with a view for it to be a long term initative. For more info the launch event see The Platform Launch News Item
If you think you have ideas for projects that the committee should be involved in, please do contact us.
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