Enhancing Aspirations – Working with   the British Muslim Community       Prepared by Avais Qureshi, Future First Communit...
What Future First Communities            doesSince 2008, Future First has worked to increase social mobility through thebu...
Why the Muslim community?Young Muslims face particular challenges with social mobility:31% of young British Muslims leave ...
The aspirations-attainment gapYoung Muslims face a further problem:Even those with high aspirations find it difficult to t...
The need for role modelsResearch by the influential thinktank, Demos, has highlighted a ‘lack ofMuslim role models’ as a c...
Our solutionOur vision is to ensure Muslim institutions across the UKare connected to a network of professionals in a vari...
Our solutionA Future First Communities network of Muslim professionals around localMuslim institutions will:      Provide ...
Our solutionFor each Muslim institution, we will:      Build a community of at least 30 professionals, who can offer first...
Future First Communities        The building of professional        communities around Muslim      institutions, aimed at ...
A sample role model profile
Launching the ProjectOur aim is to pilot the project in one Muslim institution inLondon and prove that our model works.Upo...
Bring Future First Communities       to Your Institution       Contact Avais Qureshi       avais@futurefirst.org.uk       ...
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Creating networks of positive Muslim role models

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1/3 of young British Muslims leave school with no qualifications. Muslims are the most likely to be in low-skilled jobs, yet there are Muslims in every career field in the UK.

Why not bring these individuals together as a community which can inspire, advise and guide young Muslims about their futures?

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Creating networks of positive Muslim role models

  1. 1. Enhancing Aspirations – Working with the British Muslim Community Prepared by Avais Qureshi, Future First Communities 338 City Road, London EC1V 2PY avais@futurefirst.org.uk / 020 7239 8933 / @mAvaisQ
  2. 2. What Future First Communities doesSince 2008, Future First has worked to increase social mobility through thebuilding of communities based around shared experiences, connectinginfluential role models with young people.Future First has achieved this by connecting successful former state schoolstudents from a range of careers with current pupils, either in person or throughour online networking platform, who serve as relatable role models to youngpeople that often have none. We currently work with 10,000 young peopleacross our schools network. Future First Communities, a sister organisation, takesthis proven model and applies it to other communities based around otherrelatable experiences.We are looking to work within the British Muslim community to tackle issues ofunderachievement and low levels of social mobility.
  3. 3. Why the Muslim community?Young Muslims face particular challenges with social mobility:31% of young British Muslims leave school with no qualificationscompared to 15% of the total population.1/3 of Muslim children are growing up in households where there are noadults in employment.40% of Muslims are in the lowest occupation groups; are among theleast likely to be in a managerial or professional job and the most likely tobe in low-skilled jobs.Muslims aged 16-24 are more than twice as likely than Christians of thesame age to be unemployed.
  4. 4. The aspirations-attainment gapYoung Muslims face a further problem:Even those with high aspirations find it difficult to turn their aspirations intoreality. Many do not know the pathways to realise their ambitions, nor dothey know the support available to them.This leads to a disparity between aspirations and actual attainment.Our challenge is toa) Raise the aspirations among young British Muslims andb) Equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to realise their ambitions.
  5. 5. The need for role modelsResearch by the influential thinktank, Demos, has highlighted a ‘lack ofMuslim role models’ as a cause for the problems specific to the Muslimcommunity.Experts at the Sutton Trust, whose aim is to promote social mobilitythrough education, have stressed that having access to positive,relatable role models is a key tool for raising attainment and aspirationsamong young people.
  6. 6. Our solutionOur vision is to ensure Muslim institutions across the UKare connected to a network of professionals in a varietyof careers from within their local area to serve as rolemodels and provide inspiration, advice and guidanceto the next generation of Muslims.By showcasing the professional success of those just likethem, we aim to create further success in young BritishMuslims.
  7. 7. Our solutionA Future First Communities network of Muslim professionals around localMuslim institutions will: Provide a pool of successful individuals who can offer first-hand career guidance to those who have little or no access to relatable role models; Leverage that network to provide pupils with access to career insight days, work experience, etc; Celebrate and showcase the success of those role models in the local Muslim community to raise the aspirations of young Muslims.
  8. 8. Our solutionFor each Muslim institution, we will: Build a community of at least 30 professionals, who can offer first- hand career guidance to those who have little or no access to successful role models; Engage this community of professionals in at least six face-to-face events where young people aged 11-18 will meet and learn from them; Support this community with a bespoke website, allowing young people to read their career stories and ask them questions.
  9. 9. Future First Communities The building of professional communities around Muslim institutions, aimed at raising the aspirations and attainment of young Muslims, has never before been attempted on any organised level – until now.
  10. 10. A sample role model profile
  11. 11. Launching the ProjectOur aim is to pilot the project in one Muslim institution inLondon and prove that our model works.Upon successful completion of the pilot programme, weaim to make this project available to local Musliminstitutions across the UK.
  12. 12. Bring Future First Communities to Your Institution Contact Avais Qureshi avais@futurefirst.org.uk 020 7239 8933 338 City Road London EC1V 2PY Find me on Twitter: @MAvaisQ

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