Rochdale Girl to Give Muslim Youth a Voice

August 22, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Asian News

A Rochdale student is to set up and chair the town's first Young Muslim Advisory Panel after taking part in a two-week intensive leadership programme.

Atifa Shah, a former member of the UK Youth Parliament, hopes the panel, which is being supported by her local MP, Paul Rowen, will give young Muslims a platform to have their say on local issues and problems affecting them.

Said Atifa, who is studying management and computing at Manchester University: "I was one of two people in the northwest to be invited onto this leadership programme held at Oxford University to gain skills in becoming a future leader.

"I learnt so much on this trip and now I want to utilise my skills by doing something for the Muslim youth in my own town and giving them the chance to have their say."