Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University and the Islamic Council of Victoria
The Leadership Training Program for Young Muslims was one of the major programs of the La Trobe Centre for Dialogue. It was conceived by Joseph Camilleri, the Centre's Director, and established following representations to the Victorian Government and the strong support offered by the then Premrier of Victoria, the Hon Steve Bracks.
The program, widely acclaimed as one of the most innovative of its kind, was designed to empower young Muslim men and women (naormally aged between 20 and 30) and help them to reach their full potential as citizens and future leaders. It was offered in close collaboration with the Islamic Council of Victoria.
- develop the skills they needed to engage confidently and creatively with all levels of government, business, academia, the professional world, the media, and religious and community organisations;
- give them the opportunity to meet and converse with decision makers in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne - this included visits to the state and federal parliaments, government departments, universities, courts, businesses, media networks, churches, templeses and synagogues, as well as a range of non-governmental organisations;
- encourage new thinking about Australia and its place in the world and the contribution Muslims can make to help meet the challenges of the future.