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3FF’s ParliaMentors scheme is now recruiting university students for a national year-long leadership programme.
The programme, which runs alongside students’ regular studies, sees teams of aspiring leaders of different faiths and non-religious beliefs collaborate to create real social change while being mentored by MPs. Through expert-led training, support from leading NGOs and access to Westminster, each year 45 ParliaMentors build the networks and skills they need to affect real change in their communities, in their careers and in the political arena.
Each team of five students is given their own MP mentor as they create and deliver their own social action project in their university city. Previous student-led projects have addressed issues as diverse as food poverty, mental health, LGBT prejudice, interfaith understanding and integration of refugees.
The programme, which has won the UN Intercultural Innovation Award, starts in September 2016 with three days of leadership training and networking in London, including a visit to Parliament.
At the end of the year, students join the 350-strong ParliaMentors Alumni Network, giving them access to leaders in many different sectors. Notable alumni include the Israeli MP Stav Shaffir and charity director Philipp Engel, who went on to turn his social action project into an anti-slavery charity, the Red Light Campaign.
ParliaMentors alumnus Ben Roback: “ParliaMentors is a unique experience, and it’s great to be around likeminded people who share similar passions. I have never before been in a room with so many people from different backgrounds who are all thinking about making an impact and a difference.”
Since 2007, more than 50 MPs have been involved as mentors, including Keir Starmer, Iain Duncan Smith, Dominic Grieve and Jess Phillips.
The deadline for applications to ParliaMentors is 25 March 2016.
To apply, visit: www.threeff.wearefx.uk/programme/parliamentors/