Yasmeen Ali- known as Yas- is a lecturer and project worker. Yas graduated from UCLan in 2003 and has since taken a keen interest in working with young people from marginalized groups. She has acted as an advocate for young people in care as well as gaining qualifications in mentoring young offenders. She currently coordinates the Global Youth Solutions Programme which is aimed at young people to take a lead on identifying and actively planning solutions to community issues. The programme is delivered nationally and internationally to countries such as Turkey, Pakistan and Oman.
She has a background in criminology and supporting young offenders, she is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education (EdD). She is currently a lecturer on the BA (Hons) Community Leadership and Foundation Degree in Community Leadership. Yasmeen also supports the management of volunteers and their placements as well as coordinates the Global Youth Leaders Programme.
Yas has a particular interest in youth and gang culture. She developed a very successful module and certificate around gang and gun culture and has supported the work of groups working with offenders such as Arooj in Lancashire, and the nationally recognised User Voice (www.uservoice.org), where she was core to the development of their Prison Councils programme in HMP Parkhurst.
Yas worked in Parkhurst with the Governors and User Voice to scope and set up the programme and devised the consultation methods to be used with the prisoners. She subsequently started negotiations with Lancaster Farms Young Offenders Institution (YOI) around developing a mentoring programme for young men and part of the Lancashire Wide Youth Focus Bid.
Yas teaches on the community leadership Foundation and BA programmes. She is bi-lingual, speaking Gujrati and Urdu.
MA in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice, UCLan, 2003
2004 ‘Youth Lead Youth’ Global Youth Leadership Conference, Langdale, Cumbria
2009 ‘Youth Lead Youth’, Global Youth Leadership Conference, Helvellyn, Cumbria
2010 ‘Youth Just Do It’, Global Youth Leadership Conference, Nelson, Lancashire
2011 ‘Youth Lead Youth’, Global Youth Leadership Conference, Nelson, Lancashire
2012 ‘Leading the Kirby Way…’, Global Youth Leadership Conference, Kirkby, Merseyside
2013 International youth Peer Education conference with Russia, Pakistan, Turkey and the USA, University of Central Lancashire.
‘Success Built to Last’, Global Youth Leadership Conference, UCLan, Lancashire
‘Be the Change’, Global Youth Solutions Conference, Balikesir, Turkey
2014 ‘Shaping the Future’ , Global Youth Solutions Conference, Bradford, Yorkshire
‘Be the Change’ , Global Youth Solutions Conference, Muscat, Oman
Paulo Freire and Transformative Education: Changing Lives and Transforming Communities, Preston, Lancashire
2015 ‘Stand up, Be Awesome…’, Global Youth Solutions Conference, Muscat, Oman
‘Shaping the Future’, Global Youth Solutions Conference, Bradford, Yorkshire