This year, I decided to take a Leadership Program by MuslimCare Australia.
The leadership program is a course designed for young people to build the resilience, character, mind-set and broader perspective required to take up leadership roles.
Once a month, a bunch of youths meet up at different places and locations to gain leadership skills, communication and network building with different community, professional and religious figures and institutions.
We were privileged to meet such aspiring and dignified people, and to be able to receive first-hand knowledge.
One month we were invited by PM Jihad Dib for a private tour and talk at Parliament House.
Another month, we had a (unexpected!) walk around Manly and a talk at the Australian Institute of Police Management.
We had a discussion with policy-makers and members of the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. We got to share our thoughts and ideas and hear from them about issues affecting us in the community.
We even visited the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre to support their first Multi-cultural day. We were not allowed to take photos, but it was an eye-opening experience.
We also went to Wayside Chapel to learn about their homeless program, an Islamic school, Sydney University for a private talk and to meet inspiring youths, and a private talk from Aftab Malik who works at NSW Premier and Cabinet.
While I learnt so much from these amazing people and places, and I enjoyed raising deaf awareness, the best part was getting to know fellow Muslim Youths from the community who are also passionate and willing to create social change.