Yasmeen Ali is a lecturer and project worker. She has a background in criminology and supporting young offenders, she is currently undertaking an MA in Education.
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.