Active Mosaic supporter and Vice-Chairman of the North West Regional Leadership Group Atifa Shah has been selected for the cultural trip of a lifetime: a visit to US cities, organised by the US Embassy in London.
Atifa, who has been volunteering for Mosaic in the North West of England for several years, was recommended for the prestigious opportunity by Jonathan Freeman, our National Director. Jonathan says, “I was absolutely delighted to recommend Atifa for this exchange because she has been a fantastic advocate for Mosaic who I know will make tremendous use of this unique opportunity.”
The three-week programme is for UK community leaders who work on youth issues, and the participants will get the opportunity to examine first-hand how community organisations, educational institutions, and the government engage with young people at risk across the USA.
Atifa’s exciting schedule will begin in Washington DC where she and her fellow UK community leaders will meet people responsible for youth policy-making. The group will then visit youth projects on the ground in cities including Richmond (Virginia), Charlotte (North Carolina), and Detroit (Michigan) – looking at an array of projects in libraries, basketball leadership programmes, poetry schemes, ‘gang resistance’ work and health programmes for Muslim youths.
Atifa said “I am thrilled to have been selected for the programme, having been involved in youth policy making in the UK since 2005. This is a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with the US and apply learnings from the programme to British society and the work I do here at Mosaic and share with US organisations the impact Mosaic programmes have on high risk young people. Thank you to Jonathan for my recommendation and the support of the Mosaic team.”
Congratulations Atifa! And best wishes for your departure in February.