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Thank you for expressing an interest in volunteering for Empower Youth Academy. The information below will give you a better idea of what we are trying to achieve.
‘Actions are judged by intentions’ [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
Ultimately our intention is to please Allah by following the example of the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wasallam.
In the famous incident, when Muhammad sallalahu alayhi wasallam received the first revelation of the Quran and returned home in fear, his wife Khadija (Allah be pleased with her) said to him, describing his qualities, “Never! By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good relations with your kith and kin, help the poor and the destitute, serve your guests generously and assist the deserving calamity-afflicted ones.” (Bukhari). Thus, we help others as this will bring us closer to Allah.
Additionally, you may wish to reflect on the following hadith:
‘When a man dies, his good deeds come to an end except three: ongoing charity, beneficial knowledge and righteous offspring who will pray for him.’ [Sahih Muslim: 3084]
The continual under-achievement of our Muslim youth is unfortunately an issue that has long been recognised. Although there are many contributing factors to this, a significant one remains the lack of interaction between the youth and positive role models. As a result, many of the younger generation lose their aspirations in academia and instead deviate into other harmful activities. By acting as these positive role models, we hope to instil confidence and thereafter EMPOWER these individuals into making informed choices for their own future.
Additionally, we aspire for academic excellence as well as encouraging the development of good moral principles and character, in concordance with those of a Muslim. This is a long-term project that undoubtedly requires a great deal of patience and dedication before any notable difference is made.
Abu Musa (May Allah be pleased with him) reported that the messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “The relationship of the believer with another believer is like (the bricks of) a building, each strengthens the other.” He (PBUH) illustrated this by interlacing the fingers of both his hands. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].
Keeping this hadith in mind, volunteers are expected to support each other to ensure the successful achievement of our mutual goal: the improvement of youth education and character.
Commitment is entirely flexible. Whether this involves direct involvement with thestudents or helping the organisation run smoothly behind the scenes, all participation is warmly welcomed. The sessions run on Sunday mornings, between the hours of 12.30 to 15:00. There are three 40 min sessions consisting of maths, science and recreation. Guidance will be provided, although the final content of each will largely be left to the volunteers’ discretion. For example, the recreational sessions could involve a number of activities, ranging from football to mehndi, based on volunteer interests. Sessions will be fully segregated and volunteers are strictly expected to uphold this rule. As can be appreciated, working with children as positive role models requires a sensitive and responsible approach. Volunteers are entrusted to uphold this moral and religious obligation. In addition it is expected that teachers maintain an Islamic atmosphere within the sessions. Simple things like ensuring they greet everyone with salaam, start with Bismillah and instead of saying well-done say subhan’Allah, masha’Allah and alhamdulillah.
Each class will be limited to a maximum of ten students, and will be taken by either one, or a pair, of volunteers. There will be a KS3 and a KS4 class for both the brothers and sisters. Volunteers involved in lessons are expected to teach either maths, science, or ideally both!
As an appreciation, all volunteers will be awarded a certificate of participation from Empower Youth Academy. This may then contribute to their CV and personal development. Furthermore, Empower Youth Academy will endeavour to provide networking opportunities, which volunteers are encouraged to participate in.
All interested volunteers will be invited to an informal chat with a member of the committee. These are not designed to scrutinise applicants, but instead ensure volunteers understand the principles of Empower Youth Academy, and have any questions answered. Volunteers will also be required to undertake a CRB check (at Empower Youth academy’s expense) prior to any involvement.
Empower Youth Academy, as an organisation, has a number of ideas it wishes to implement in the future. Once a solid foundation has been established, there are plans to add extra classes including English and Seerah. We also hope to offer cultural projects specific to particular communities. We are very amenable to your ideas and feedback and would welcome them warmly.
Hopefully this short booklet has given you a better insight into Empower. If however, you are still unsure, or wish to ask any further questions please feel free to get in touch. You can either send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org@empower-youth.org.uk or ring Fasih on 07886264142.