Munira Tabassum Ahmed is a one of The Hills Shire Council’s 2021/22 Youth Ambassadors! She has a passion for the arts and writing and was recently a moderator and curator for the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
As part of her role as a Youth Ambassador, Munira hopes to explore how extra-curricular activities and community events can play a part in improving mental health and wellbeing.
Q: Why did you decide to apply to the Sydney Hills Youth Ambassador program?
A: I thought it would be a great opportunity to help out my local community, get involved in volunteering, and work with like-minded people on projects that will impact real lives in the area that I live in.
Q: How did you hear about the Sydney Hills Youth Ambassador program?
A: I heard about it through school.
Q: What do you hope to achieve in your role as Youth Ambassador?
A: I’m very new in the role, but my intention is always to bring young people’s voices to the council, where real change can be made. During my interview for this role, Anthony Radic, one of the outgoing Youth Ambassadors, said something very interesting about how you may come into this role with a few specific issues in mind, but since ambassadorship allows you to critically analyse the priorities of young people throughout the Hills Shire, your understanding of different issues expands. Right now, I have a focus on the role that extra-curricular activities and community events can play in improving mental health and wellbeing.
Q: Why is it important for young people to be heard at a Local Government level?
A: It is so important for young people to be heard at a local government level; we’ve all had vastly different experiences, between one another and between generations. This program allows for the mending of intergenerational gaps in the council’s understanding of the problems that young people face.
Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment to date?
A: Recently, I was a moderator and curator for the Sydney Writers’ Festival — I hosted a panel with Garth Nix, Kathryn Barker and Alicia Jasinska to interview them about their recent books.
Q: What are some of your interests/ hobbies?
A: I like to write poems and stories, and I am deeply interested in the space that young people hold in the arts. My friend and I began a literary journal, Hyades Magazine, at the start of this year, so I’ve also been improving my skill in editing.
Q: What makes you so motivated?
A: I want to make full use of all the opportunities I’ve been afforded throughout my life, in the hope of improving the world for my future self and the people I care about.