45 emerging leaders from different religious and cultural backgrounds are coming together to create a change in communities across the UK. Over the coming year, students of different faiths and beliefs on 3FF’s ParliaMentors leadership programme will work to deliver social action projects in their university cities, while being mentored by MPs.
The students begin ParliaMentors on Monday 7 September with three days of training, visits to Parliament and meetings with key stakeholders, and high profile inspiring figures who have created social change. They will work in groups of five religious and non-religious students from nine participating universities in London, Manchester, Coventry, Nottingham and Birmingham.
At the 9th September Parliamentary launch event, entitled ‘Discovering Exceptional Leaders’, the university students will be joined by university stakeholders and have the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and support for their projects. They will also be addressed by influential leaders from across the business, political and charity sectors in a panel chaired by freelance journalist Remona Aly and including Stephen Timms MP for East Ham, a long standing supporter of 3FF and Ruth Ibegbuna, Founder and CEO of Reclaim an award winning youth leadership charity based in Manchester.
ParliaMentors is run by 3FF in in partnership with the British Council’s Active Citizens programme. Since 2007, more than 300 students have graduated from the programme and more than 50 MPs have been involved as mentors.
Notable ex-ParliaMentors include the Israeli MP Stav Shaffir and charity director Philipp Engel, who went on to turn his social action project into an anti-slavery charity, the Red Light Campaign.
The ParliaMentors Parliamentary Launch ‘Discovering Exceptional Leaders’ takes place in the Jubilee Room, Westminster, 3 – 5 pm on Wednesday 9th September.
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3FF, the Three Faiths Forum, works to build good relations between people of different faiths, beliefs and cultures for nearly twenty years. 3FF creates safe spaces in schools, universities, places of work and worship and the wider community where people can engage with questions of belief and identity and meet people different from themselves.
ParliaMentors equips the next generation of leaders with the skills, experience and networks they need to advance their careers. Students from different backgrounds work together to create social action projects with support from leading NGOs and are mentored by MPs and Peers. The programme has won the UN Award for Intercultural Innovation, and is a partner of the British Council’s Active Citizens programme. It is supported by Pears Foundation and Dulverton Trust.