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A TRAILBLAZING course created in Leeds in the wake of the July 7 London bombings offers young people the chance to be ‘ambassadors’ for the city. The Community Ambassadors course has been written by Mohammed Kamran, a development worker at Hamara Healthy Living Centre in Beeston. It will include courses in conflict resolution and community cohesion. The end result will be a nationally recognised GCSE or NVQ2 equivalent certificate.
The free course is believed to be the first of its kind in the country and the culmination of two years of work which started in August 2005, a month after the bombings. It was put together following discussions with 150 young Muslim from Leeds, who had come together to form the Leeds Muslim Youth Forum. Although the first round of students are all young Muslims from the Forum, the Community Ambassadors course will eventually
be extended to other colleges and training providers and will be open to people of all ages, faiths and backgrounds.
Mr Kamran said: “There was a consensus among young Muslims that they wanted to engage with communities and build better community relations, but they felt they were lacking the skills to do it.
“The project was developed to meet the needs of youngMuslims but it is not specific toMuslims. “It is open to anyone looking to do youth activities and work in the community.
“The cohesion element is about bridging gaps between our communities. “There is also often a lot of anger and resentment between communities and the conflict resolution module will hopefully
help reduce tensions and misunderstandings.”

The ultimate aim, he said, was to give students a unique opportunity to learn ambassadorial skills

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