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The Youth Steering Committee influence and shape the direction of The Beatfreeks Collective


The Beatfreeks Collective brings together arts, design, technology, data and community to build incredible stuff that unleashes 'creativity for good'. 

The Youth Steering Committee (YSC) is a group of young people (aged 16-30) who influence and shape the direction of Beatfreeks. YSC members will have the opportunity develop leadership skills in business management, governance, strategy, marketing, event planning and will get a whole heap of opportunities along the way from us and our partners.

 
  Atif Ali   I was born and raised in Birmingham and have lived in this beautiful city all my life. I'm interested in the governance structure in the United Kingdom and particularly interested in furthering my leadership journey.   I work for the City Council and I'm part of the graduate program in the economy directorate. I know that the City has so much to offer. Often referred to as the youngest city in Europe, I am happy to be involved in a great organisation doing so much in Brum.   I hope that my education (having undertaken an LLM at the University of Birmingham) as well as sucessfully completing the leadership program at UpRising, will prove invaluable during my time at Beatfreeks.

Atif Ali

I was born and raised in Birmingham and have lived in this beautiful city all my life. I'm interested in the governance structure in the United Kingdom and particularly interested in furthering my leadership journey.

I work for the City Council and I'm part of the graduate program in the economy directorate. I know that the City has so much to offer. Often referred to as the youngest city in Europe, I am happy to be involved in a great organisation doing so much in Brum.

I hope that my education (having undertaken an LLM at the University of Birmingham) as well as sucessfully completing the leadership program at UpRising, will prove invaluable during my time at Beatfreeks.

Atif Ali

  Daljinder Johal   Hi, I’m Daljinder! I currently work across journalism, marketing and production so you can usually find me with my nose in a book or phone in hand, pitching a fun article idea on women in alternative sports, crafting the perfect tweet or sneakily taking a shot of a highly Instagrammable bowl of Pho.  While I write my own stories in forms including short stories and poetry, my main aim is to help platform the unconventional or unheard stories of others. Therefore, I work with companies across the UK including the LGBT+ organisation Gaysians, Southside Producers with Beatfreeks or even make worldwide connections as a Senior Executive Assistant with the literary journal,  Asymptote .  I’m really passionate about highlighting the diversity and creativity of Birmingham. It has a fantastic DIY culture that helps promote more intersectional stories and is full of people, who don’t just want to talk about change, but make change happen.  I’m also part of Graduates Unleashed’s board and a board member at MAC Birmingham as I hope to be one of these people and make sure Birmingham’s vibrant arts scene is representative of Brummies.  I’m so pleased to be part of the Youth Steering Committee this year as I’ve benefitted from many amazing opportunities for young people in Birmingham and I’m determined to pass them on.

Daljinder Johal

Hi, I’m Daljinder! I currently work across journalism, marketing and production so you can usually find me with my nose in a book or phone in hand, pitching a fun article idea on women in alternative sports, crafting the perfect tweet or sneakily taking a shot of a highly Instagrammable bowl of Pho.

While I write my own stories in forms including short stories and poetry, my main aim is to help platform the unconventional or unheard stories of others. Therefore, I work with companies across the UK including the LGBT+ organisation Gaysians, Southside Producers with Beatfreeks or even make worldwide connections as a Senior Executive Assistant with the literary journal, Asymptote.

I’m really passionate about highlighting the diversity and creativity of Birmingham. It has a fantastic DIY culture that helps promote more intersectional stories and is full of people, who don’t just want to talk about change, but make change happen.

I’m also part of Graduates Unleashed’s board and a board member at MAC Birmingham as I hope to be one of these people and make sure Birmingham’s vibrant arts scene is representative of Brummies.

I’m so pleased to be part of the Youth Steering Committee this year as I’ve benefitted from many amazing opportunities for young people in Birmingham and I’m determined to pass them on.

Daljinder Johal
@DaljinderJohal

  Faizan Quidiri   Project manager and business consultant. Faizan is extremely interested in creativity and innovation and above all, creating a positive impact on society.  Currently working with a housing association in the Black Country, Faizan has also been involved with planning HEADSPVCE in 2018.

Faizan Quidiri

Project manager and business consultant. Faizan is extremely interested in creativity and innovation and above all, creating a positive impact on society.

Currently working with a housing association in the Black Country, Faizan has also been involved with planning HEADSPVCE in 2018.

Faizan Quidiri

  Jade Morgan   Hi, I’m Jade and I am a creative working in digital marketing whilst producing abstract paintings and UX design solutions in my spare time. As an Interior Architecture grad and tech fanatic - my desire is to aid in creating a progressive yet collaborative society that unites rather than divides with the evolution of technology.  I am also committed to creating experiences that positively impact my community, the most recent being Butterfly Effect 'A social action campaign that aims to bridge the intergenerational gap' which was developed by a diverse group of us during my time on the Uprising Leadership Programme.

Jade Morgan

Hi, I’m Jade and I am a creative working in digital marketing whilst producing abstract paintings and UX design solutions in my spare time. As an Interior Architecture grad and tech fanatic - my desire is to aid in creating a progressive yet collaborative society that unites rather than divides with the evolution of technology.

I am also committed to creating experiences that positively impact my community, the most recent being Butterfly Effect 'A social action campaign that aims to bridge the intergenerational gap' which was developed by a diverse group of us during my time on the Uprising Leadership Programme.

Jade Morgan

  Selina Akhtar   I am Selina. A passionate, hardworking and enthusiastic individual who thrives to bring about change. Throughout the years I have been an advocate for many young people in society, from highlighting problems young people face, to finding ways to tackle such problems. My countless involvement in charitable organisations has truly opened my eyes to the wider society, however, has also made me focus on ways I could contribute to society on a national level.  My love for Spoken Word has been a fundamental part of my journey, here I have been able to express my self, and understand such importance this effect can have. Thus, along with many other fantastic opportunities I have undergone, I am confident in sharing what I've learnt, but also I am determined to learn and develop new skills.

Selina Akhtar

I am Selina. A passionate, hardworking and enthusiastic individual who thrives to bring about change. Throughout the years I have been an advocate for many young people in society, from highlighting problems young people face, to finding ways to tackle such problems. My countless involvement in charitable organisations has truly opened my eyes to the wider society, however, has also made me focus on ways I could contribute to society on a national level.

My love for Spoken Word has been a fundamental part of my journey, here I have been able to express my self, and understand such importance this effect can have. Thus, along with many other fantastic opportunities I have undergone, I am confident in sharing what I've learnt, but also I am determined to learn and develop new skills.

Selina Akhtar
@SelinaAkhtarr

  Shaun Hill   Mixing spiritual teaching with a clumsy grasp of physics and the occasional Beyoncé lyric, Shaun is a queer poet exploring how we connect and the mediums we connect within. He is a multiple slam winner, co-founder of Loud&QueerEXETER, and will be exhibiting at UK Young Artists' City Takeover 2019.

Shaun Hill

Mixing spiritual teaching with a clumsy grasp of physics and the occasional Beyoncé lyric, Shaun is a queer poet exploring how we connect and the mediums we connect within. He is a multiple slam winner, co-founder of Loud&QueerEXETER, and will be exhibiting at UK Young Artists' City Takeover 2019.

Shaun Hill

  Tom Chimiak   Award Winning Filmmaker who lectures in filmmaking at university while also filming a range of creative projects and corporate events.

Tom Chimiak

Award Winning Filmmaker who lectures in filmmaking at university while also filming a range of creative projects and corporate events.

Tom Chimiak
@TomChimiak

  Yasmina Silva   “Student. Poet. Activist. Intersectionality features greatly in Yasmina’s work both in academia and the arts and it aims to deconstruct the world around to empower marginalized identities, teach love and express the frustrations that come with activism.  Yasmina also looks to celebrate to beauty of womanhood, blackness and the diversity of cultures in the world because they are all integral to humanity. Having had the privilege to live in several African countries, she is an advocate of African unity and progression with ambitions of promoting social development through the arts starting with her home country of Guinea Bissau.”  “I’m Yasmina, a master’s student and poet from Guinea Bissau. My work in both in academia and the arts aims to deconstruct the world around me to empower marginalized identities, teach love and express the frustrations that come with activism. I look to celebrate the beauty of womanhood, blackness and the diversity of cultures in the world, all integral parts of humanity.  Having had the privilege of living in several African countries, I am an advocate of African unity and progression with ambitions of promoting social development through the arts starting with my home country.”

Yasmina Silva

“Student. Poet. Activist. Intersectionality features greatly in Yasmina’s work both in academia and the arts and it aims to deconstruct the world around to empower marginalized identities, teach love and express the frustrations that come with activism.

Yasmina also looks to celebrate to beauty of womanhood, blackness and the diversity of cultures in the world because they are all integral to humanity. Having had the privilege to live in several African countries, she is an advocate of African unity and progression with ambitions of promoting social development through the arts starting with her home country of Guinea Bissau.”

“I’m Yasmina, a master’s student and poet from Guinea Bissau. My work in both in academia and the arts aims to deconstruct the world around me to empower marginalized identities, teach love and express the frustrations that come with activism. I look to celebrate the beauty of womanhood, blackness and the diversity of cultures in the world, all integral parts of humanity.

Having had the privilege of living in several African countries, I am an advocate of African unity and progression with ambitions of promoting social development through the arts starting with my home country.”

Yasmina Silva
@Yasmeeener

 
  Zain Iqbal   Born and raised brummie & tech geek currently working as STEM Teens project officer and science communicator at Thinktank Science museum. Studied physics at uni and now encouraging young adults to participate in STEM projects and develop opportunities for them to collaborate. Always looking for new ideas to get people interested in science and giving young people the tools to make a change in the world.

Zain Iqbal

Born and raised brummie & tech geek currently working as STEM Teens project officer and science communicator at Thinktank Science museum. Studied physics at uni and now encouraging young adults to participate in STEM projects and develop opportunities for them to collaborate. Always looking for new ideas to get people interested in science and giving young people the tools to make a change in the world.

Zain Iqbal
@MinorityGoonie

  Zoe Connell   A tech head with a creative heart; Zoe is a Data Analyst by trade, but enjoys the arts, and music production in her spare time. She is currently studying Data Science in more depth, along with building her own website, and is musically creating in such genres as Synthwave, Ambient and Psytrance. Recomposing (or butchering) the odd favorite song or classic, is one of her guilty pleasures.

Zoe Connell

A tech head with a creative heart; Zoe is a Data Analyst by trade, but enjoys the arts, and music production in her spare time. She is currently studying Data Science in more depth, along with building her own website, and is musically creating in such genres as Synthwave, Ambient and Psytrance. Recomposing (or butchering) the odd favorite song or classic, is one of her guilty pleasures.

Zoe Connell
@Zoesephz

 
 
 
 
 

The YSC isn’t at the heart of our organisation, IT IS the heart of our organisation. Our Youth Steering Committee is a year long governance opportunity as well as a development program for those who aged 16-30 who want to gain board level experience and influence our decision making & shape how the Collective works.  

Applications to join the Youth Steering Committee ‘18/’19 have now closed. Please fill out the expression of interest below to get notified when applications re-open in 2019.

 

Previous Members Of Our YSC


"I worked with the YSC on governance and being a trustee on an arts board.  It was a complete pleasure to meet and work with every one of them.  The group were sparky, engaged, committed and intelligent.  It's not everyone's first choice to talk about legal structures at 7 in the evening but your group asked great questions, with grit, integrity and humour. I can't wait for the next session."

Helga Henry, Director of Organisational Development, Birmingham Hippodrome, 2017

2017 - 2018:
Tia Cham, Keshena Bowie, Richard Whiting, Hauwa Ottun, Mathilde Petford, Diandra Mcalla, Tamara Piggott, Seunfunmi Tinubu, Isobel Wilson-Cleary and Sevven Kucuk.
2016 - 2017:
Ahlaam Moledina, Chantel Regnart, Grace Smith, Hannah Swingler, Jaz Morrison, J Grant, Josh Sandiford, Madi Saskia, Nyandavoh Foday, Paige Jackson, Rochaé Stephens-Morrison and Saida Vedasto.
2015 - 2016:
Raza Hussain, Aimee Jordan, Nicole Murphy, Oakley Flanagan, Rosie Clements, Hannah Prentice, Chantel Regnart, Joyce Tspopo and Flora Slorach.
2014 - 2015:
Aliyah Holder, Heidi Murphy, Joe Cook, Jordanne Cameron, Brenda Mazowa, Aliyah Denton, Jasmine Gardosi, Amina Jalil, Shazmeen Khalid, Amerah Saleh and Alisha Kadir.
2013 - 2014:
Amerah Saleh, Ayesha Jones, Suriya Roberts-Grey, Charmelle Givans, Nafeesa Hamid, Sipho Eric Dube, Lexia Tomlinson, Carl Sealeaf and Joe Cook.

 YSC 2017 - 2018 (From left to right) - Tia, Mathilde, Hauwa, Diandra, Tamara, Keshena, Richard.

YSC 2017 - 2018 (From left to right) - Tia, Mathilde, Hauwa, Diandra, Tamara, Keshena, Richard.

 YSC 2016 - 2017 (From left to right) - J, Chantel, Nyanda, Ahlaam, Paige, Rosie, Grace, Rochaé, Hannah, Josh, Jaz

YSC 2016 - 2017 (From left to right) - J, Chantel, Nyanda, Ahlaam, Paige, Rosie, Grace, Rochaé, Hannah, Josh, Jaz