Saturday, 14 September 2013

Volunteering with Empower Youth Academy

Empower Youth Academy has very good program of education for the 13- 16 years old in Leicester Muslim community, United Kingdom. I have today attended AGM of Empower Youth Academy Executive Committee and impressed with the Annual Report and Business Plan for making a new and prosperous future for the young Muslims. I have in the past attended Careers Fairs and Sunday school, seen so many wonderful displays of the work of creative and artistic youths of Leicester. It has support of Colleges and Universities, local communities and business.

What I would like to suggest for the future is to connect with and engage youths from across all communities of all cultures and religions. I think that diversity and multi-culture society does work very well as it has been proven by UK corporate organisations abroad. With good communication and training in cultural-fit the organisations have achieved remarkable success and excellent results shown by improved performances and higher profit and wealth for all. They have provided employment to large numbers of people and contributed to growth in business economics.

Communities in the UK need not fear Muslim youths, they need not to feel arrested and strangers in their own country just because Muslims are seen to walk freely and joyfully on the streets of Britain. Muslims are not in business to convert faith of nations and Islam is not a fastest growing thing in the world. Majority of Muslims read English literature, Shakespeare, history of Britain and the world. They do not criticise British Empire like how badly Indian and European media has criticised them. Muslims only strive to maintain good, friendly relations with British public, that is not meant to convert them or harm them in any way. They develop good business, professional and social behaviour. 

Muslim people are creative, artistic, intelligent, smart, dynamic, hard-working, professionals, scientists, business managers and responsible people of human civilisation. Empower had the group discussions seminar in June 2013 in which we tried to define what is extremism and terrorism, we explored Islamic teachings on attitudes towards behaviour and attitudes towards others. Our activities included spoken words, video shows and group activity making presentations to understand the role of the media. We have committed our time to reflection and learning. 

This year, interesting arts and fun sessions have been the Strictly Come Icing - designing and decorating cakes and biscuits, Who Do you Think You are - about brainstorming personal identities, group role plays, craft activities. Art Attack - fun arts and craft both for young men and women in same class.

After the AGM, we are starting a new marketing strategy team in order to create a new, modern, professional website, possess a blog portal for students and youths, form partnerships with local companies, develop an effective marketing plan, involvements in design and promotional work.

The chairman and founding member is the handsome young gentleman, Fasih Khan who is a doctor. Fasih and other medical volunteers provide career counseling and advisory to aspiring medical students.

Future strategies are:
(a) To deliver first aid courses effectively
(b)  volunteers empowerment - to work with volunteers on a one-to-one level to help build confidence in effectively working with youth, improve communication within the teams to ensure all individuals are aware of project and business plans.
(c) Extending People to People network - links with other organisations and communities to help Empower to deliver sessions
(d) Fund-raising - to cover costs of providing training courses, education, career management and development advisory and social events for the youth
(e) Increase opportunities for attendees to get involved in community activities
(f) Increase parental involvements and participation in projects


Training videos:

( a)   Guide to writing an article in 10 minutes


This guide for quick writing an article or chapter in less than 10 minutes will be a great help and encouragement to write daily and build up your blogs, articles, chapters, reports, essays and research notes. You may quickly publish them online within minutes.

To become an expert writer, it is recommended to write between 1000 to 3000 words every day and form a habit of reading and writing a lot.

Writing and speaking higher number of words very much depends on the profession, business, job or occupation.

I think what is most important is quality of the words and how they are used and spoken and in what context they are spoken and written to give more accurate and clear meanings. It's the quality that matters and not necessarily the quantity. The minimum words usage of 1000 to 3000 may be a general guide to put together an idea or a case study for discussion.

(b)  Guide to writing a science paper in 5 minutes


I have been wondering about being objective and to exclude subjective words. What could you write in 4 minutes that is objective and gives insight into new knowledge?

I should draw attention to the fact that although a report or science paper may be written within 5 minutes that does not mean that the observations and studies only took place within this time. It only means that at the time of writing you have all your notes and materials handy and have highlighted in them which statements you want to communicate to others and publish them.

You would pick and choose quickly and set out the text in the appropriate headings of the format of the report. Note that if you ignore the format or write lengthy sentences paragraphs you will not be able to complete writing within this time.

Before you start writing, you must have gained lot of knowledge and experience from observations, thinking, reading, research, analysis, studies, evidences and even experimental projects. Your notes and queries in written material, audio and video must be of a reasonable volume which would back up your summaries.

What you would be reporting in 5 minutes would be your brief summary on one particular object or a matter of interest.

I have given an example in this nature report in 5 minutes based on the object of a Frog. My background experience is for over 40 years of thinking about and observing frogs and recently I have read an article about the difference between toads and frogs.

What has interested me this time is to pick up my observation about the birth of a frog which I saw over 40 years ago. My idea is to write about Frogs. A frog grew from a tadpole in rainy season, under a tree in the town of  Fort Johnstone, Nyasaland (Malawi), Africa. I have never seen any writing in a book, magazine, article or any presentation on a documentary or film exactly what I saw. So, I have knowledge to share which has been retained in my memory for so long and I am writing some of it.

To become an expert nature observer, it is recommended to form a habit of doing own empirical research in every environment and to give time to thinking, analysing and summarising your findings. This is best done by writing down by writing down first in your nature diary and them in a logical format in the form of a science report with relevant headings.

Writing and speaking higher number of words very much depends on the profession, business, job or occupation.

I think what is most important is quality of the words and how they are used and spoken and in what context they are spoken and written to give more accurate and clear meanings. It's the quality that matters and not necessarily the quantity.

Writing in very little time means your words must be very good, attractive, meaningful and well chosen to convey the truth and facts. You should ideally read and master the science dictionary and encyclopaedia so that the words may quickly come to mind as you write. You should give lot of thoughts to those words and also experience using them frequently. As you use the words in conversations you will soon realise that the meanings change under different environments and in communicating with different people in the general public.

Science writing requires you to be objective and not subjective, so you should not introduce in them words that convey emotional meanings or any faction, fantasy or imaginations as you would in writing novels, stories, poetry, marketing literature and for entertainment.