As the election year starts, 30 young global leaders from different religious and cultural backgrounds are getting together to make an impact across the country. The university students on 3FF’s leadership programme ParliaMentors will be meeting with MPs in Parliament as the year-long initiative launches on Tuesday 2 September.
At a time when the twin topics of politics and faith are most likely to bring to mind issues of international conflict or community tensions, these university students are instead using their beliefs – both religious and non-religious – to inspire positive change.
ParliaMentors participants from universities in London, Manchester, Nottingham and Birmingham will create and deliver social action projects addressing issues in their communities and beyond, while receiving leadership training and being mentored by MPs and Peers. At the 2 September launch event, the students will be also be joined by third sector leaders and alumni of the programme as they make valuable connections with decision-makers and potential supporters of their projects.
Later that week, they will have an opportunity to pitch their social action projects to the Mayor of Camden and local councillors in a special event at Camden Town Hall.
ParliaMentors is run by 3FF, the Three Faiths Forum. Since 2007, more than 250 people have graduated from the programme and more than 50 MPs have been involved as mentors. This year ParliaMentors will participate in the British Council Active Citizens Programme.
The Active Citizens programme develops leadership, peace building and intercultural skills in people living in communities around the world, and promotes community cohesion and sustainable development through civic engagement, social action projects and volunteering. Since its establishment in 2009, the Active Citizens programme has delivered training to over 510,000 volunteers in over 40 countries.
ParliaMentors is supported by founding partners Pears Foundation and the Sternberg Foundation as well as the DCD Group and the British Council.
The ParliaMentors Breakfast Launch takes place in Portcullis House, Westminster, 10-12 am on Tuesday 2 September.
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3FF, the Three Faiths Forum, works to break down barriers between people of different faiths and beliefs. It builds positive relations between communities and individuals at many levels of society: with teachers and students, artists and professionals, political leaders in parliament and upcoming leaders still at university.
ParliaMentors equips the next generation of leaders with the skills, experience and networks they need to advance their careers. Students of different faiths and non-religious beliefs work together to create social action projects with support from leading NGOs and are mentored by MPs and Peers. Over 250 people have graduated from the programme over the last six years. The programme has won the UN Award for Intercultural Innovation. The programme is supported by founding partners Pears Foundation and the Sternberg Foundation as well as the DCD Group and the British Council.
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.
We work in more than 100 countries and our 7000 staff – including 2000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes.
We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant-in-aid provides less than a quarter of our turnover which last year was £781m. The rest we earn from English teaching, UK exams and services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with other institutions, brands and companies. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and creates prosperity and security for the UK and the countries we work in all around the world.
Active Citizens is a community cohesion programme delivered by the British Council in partnership with organisations who share the same objectives. It has been delivered in over 40 countries worldwide, through local organisations, who deliver the programme to small groups at community level. These people go through a ‘learning journey’ and then go on to do social action projects for the benefit of their local community.
- develops leadership skills in people living in communities across the world.
- promotes community cohesion and sustainable development through civic engagement, social action projects and volunteering.
- empowers people to make a positive contribution locally and share their approach globally, facilitating worldwide community development
- facilitates connections across cultural, geographic and political boundaries through a global network of community leaders.
For more information, please visit the Active Citizens website.