"Creating safe spaces for Muslim young people to explore personal,
social, spiritual and political choices"

Young Refugees' Mentoring Project


In partnership with Afghan Students Assiciation UK (ASAUK)


Evidence, especially from various recent studies, suggests there is a serious need for supporting and working to empower young people of refugee and asylum-seeking backgrounds. In line with MYWF’s vision of training and building the capacity of young people, the young refugees’ mentoring project was initiated through a partnership with the Afghan Students Association UK (ASAUK) – a UK based voluntary association of students of Afghan background.

 

The project is being run and managed by ASAUK with the help of volunteer mentors who have been recruited by the ASAUK. The project works with Afghan pupils, across various schools in London, to provide support and guidance in order to boost their self-esteem and confidence by treating them with respect and courtesy, appreciating them as individuals, and taking into account their thoughts and feelings.

 

Many young people from refugee and asylum seeking background experience social isolation and lack of self-confidence which negatively impact their performance within the educational system and also hinder their integration into the local neighbourhoods and society. Afghan young people, although accounting for a large proportion of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, are no exception in this wider picture.

 

The major aim of the project is to help to empower Afghan young people, across schools and colleges in Britain, to make positive life choices that enable them to maximise their potential both educationally and in their personal lives. Volunteer mentors, after having gone through a CRB check, commit to support, guide, and be a friend to an Afghan youth for a period of at least an academic year.

The mentors work with young people of different ages who are usually faced with situations that lead them to having low self esteem, lack of self-belief, lack of concentration and motivation, which is demonstrated through behaviour such as absence from school lessons and, in some cases, getting involved in petty crimes.

 

While the direct beneficiaries are the young students themselves, the project can have a positive impact on the neighbourhoods where these young people live and the broader society. In addition, the mentors, who are usually of asylum seeking and refugee background, also greatly benefit from the training opportunities and the chance to network with schools, colleges and local authorities.

 

If you have any queries with regards to this project or any relevant ideas to discuss,

please contact Hameed Hakimi (hameed@mywf.org.uk)