More than ever, making positive changes in today's political climate requires all the right ingredients. We want to place highly motivated, passionate and hard-working young people on a fast-track to success.
A non-partisan program, Muslim Youth Fellowship aims to provide politically motivated students the opportunity to complement their academic studies with hands-on experience working with an elected government representative. Fellows will work directly with elected officials in a range of different areas including research, advocacy, policy, communications, and case work depending on the needs of the office. Through applied, hands-on experience, the program will provide fellows with the practical tools required to understand and navigate the political process.
Fellows will be provided with intensive training prior to their placement as well as supportive mentorship and development training throughout their term. Experience gained will also be supplemented by a longer-term, vision project that fellows will work on collaboratively with the aim of impacting a worthy cause of choice.
The program runs from September to April of the following year. The Fall portion of the program consists of training sessions and networking events that lay the groundwork for Placements in the Winter.
Once selected as a Fellow the participant will receive:
All personal development opportunities are provided free of cost to participants. Placements as Councillor Aides are paid and part-time. Fellows are required to work 8 to 12 weekday hours per week in their assigned office. Scheduling will be coordinated with the respective offices. Fellows will be matched into participating offices based on the skills and experience offices seek.
Learning how to enter the public service is usually pretty scary and hard to do without strong networks – we hope to invest in young Muslim community members to help them deepen their love for City government and public services.
Some of the benefits you will receive:
Receive hands-on training in the areas of civic engagement
Sharpen your leadership skills and gain valuable campaign and organizing tools
Gain an in-depth understanding of the political process
Meet elected officials and improve your networking skills
Obtain insight and career advice from public servants working in Municipal Officials' offices
Connect with other ambitious Muslim youth from across the city who share a love to deepen their commitment to building a stronger democracy
The following expectations are required of all applicants to the program:
Applications for the 2018-2019 cohort will open Summer 2018
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