The Muslim Youth Fellowship is indebted to our supporters for recognizing a community need, taking our hands in partnership, and entrusting us with the resources needed to fulfill our mission. Our work would not be possible without their support, and the participation of Members of City Council.
Urban Alliance on Race Relations
Our program is housed under the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, a non-profit charitable organization that has sought racial equity since 1975. UARR works primarily and proactively with the community, public and private sectors to provide educational programs and research, which are critical in addressing racism in society.
We could not have launched this program without an initial investment in exploring our vision from the Laidlaw Foundation. Laidlaw Foundation invests in innovative ideas, convenes interested parties, shares its learning and advocates for change in support of young people being healthy, creative and fully engaged citizens.
The Insipirit Foundation is a national organization working towards a pluralistic and inclusive Canada, with a focus on projects supporting Muslim and Indigenous communities. We are grateful not only for their support, but to connect with the trailblazers in their networks doing so much to build a city and a country that reflects all who call it home.
Dr. Muhammad Munshi and Mai Munshi
A special thank you to Dr. Muhammad Munshi and Mai Munshi for their contributions to the Muslim Youth Fellowship’s second Cohort.
The Atkinson foundation believed in our vision, and has been an incredible supporter of the Muslim Youth Fellowship. The Atkinson Foundation promotes social and economic justice. They are grant makers, advocates and investors who have been working to make Ontario more equitable, inclusive and prosperous since 1942.
City of Toronto
In addition to partnering with Toronto Council Offices, the City of Toronto has contributed to the inaugural cohort of the Fellowship through the Social Development, Finance and Administration department. SFDA runs other programming to support youth engagement at the city, including the Protege Program, connecting young women with women Councillors and their staff.
The Fasting 5K aims to create a network of communities that run and fundraise to give our youth everything they need to become better citizens of the world and drivers of change for tomorrow. The Muslim Youth Fellowship is honoured to have been a recipient of their support.
Members of Council
This program could not exist without the participation of the Council Members in our program. Councillor Neethan Shan put forward the motion to establish the program, seconded by Councillor Mike Layton. Both councillors participated in the program, as well as Mayor John Tory.
Councillor participation was on a first-come first-serve basis, and we had our 2017-2018 Cohort's 13 spots filled within 24 hours of reaching out to members of Council. We extend our sincerest gratitude to our early adopters:
Councillor Paul Ainslie, Deputy Mayor Ana Bailao, Councillor Josh Colle, Councillor Joe Cressy, Councillor Janet Davis, Councillor Paula Fletcher, Councillor Mike Layton, Councillor Joe Mihevc, Councillor Anthony Perruzza, Councillor Gord Perks, Councillor Neethan Shan, Mayor John Tory, and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.