The members of the Young Muslims Advisory Group (YMAG) were announced on 7 October 2008 following a public recruitment process involving a written application, and attendance at a residential seminar.
The remit of the Young Muslims Advisory Group, as set out in the recruitment advertisement is:
To facilitate an ongoing and meaningful dialogue between Government and young people on the experience of being a young Muslim in England and the opportunity to influence government strategy and policy on issues that affect them.
To explore the causes and impact of violent extremism and underlying causes of disaffection (including anti-terror legislation, stop and search, identity issues, foreign policy, Islamaphobia, discrimination, etc.) on Muslim young people and Muslim communities.
To support and encourage young people to be active in their communities in order to tackle disaffection, increase civic engagement and respond to concerns felt by other young people.
To support young people to develop confidence and skills and in making appropriate contributions to the development of their communities.
The criteria for selecting the YMAG’s final 22 members are set out as follows:
Articulates clearly and concisely
Able to debate, persuade and question
Looks at issues from someone else’s perspective
Respects and is tolerant of other opinion.
Ability to participate and contribute to a team
Ability to exchange ideas and offer solutions
Ability to encourage and support other team members
Appreciates diversity and differences among team members.
Knowledge/understanding of Muslim and wider affairs (such as current/political/social/health)
Demonstrates a desire to make a difference
An ability to motivate others and to take a positive role in the community
Creativity and drive to take forward new ideas.
The management of the YMAG was awarded to the Office for Public Management through an open tender process. The value of this contract is £250,000 for the two years from September 2008.