UK Somalis is a group of young Somali advocates based in London. The group was set up following the success of the London Somali Democratic Engagement Programme, an initiative led by Migrant Rights Network (MRN) in partnership with the World Wide Somali Students and Professionals (WSSP). UK Somalis campaign to raise awareness and promote the voice of the Somali community in the UK. The group aim to empower the Somali community so Somalis in the UK may create better relationships with local government, the metropolitan police and media outlets.
As part of the campaign UK Somalis organised and facilitated a Somali Community Public Meeting on May 18th 2015. The public meeting was designed to identify issues concerning the Somali community in the UK and explore effective solutions. In view of that, UK Somalis have produced a report presenting the findings and recommendations of the London Somali Democratic Engagement Programme.
The report can be accessed here.
‘UK Somalis’ has launched Iswada, a mentor scheme for young Somalis in London. The scheme aims to empower young people aged between 16 and 25 in their educational pursuits while also exposing them to a network of positive Somali role models.
Mentoring is a positive strategy for youth development and this is especially true for young Somalis as they lack access to positive role models.
Iswada Mentor Scheme is a unique opportunity for young Somalis to be matched with an experienced professional to gain one-to-one support and guidance on CV building and career planning. The mentee will be exposed to a network of professionals while getting an excellent opportunity to develop their confidence and employability skills. The scheme will be delivered by Somalis for Somalis to demonstrate to our youth that they’re able to penetrate societal barriers and pursue their chosen careers.
Are you a young person interested in being mentored by Iswada professionals, or do you know a young person who might benefit from the programme?
It is great that you are interested in getting involved. If you are aged 16-25 there are various ways for you to get in touch with us.
If you are unsure which mentor would suit you best, you can read their profiles here, then email firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to one of our team members. They can help you by exploring your options and pointing you in the right direction.