Maryam Hussain

Member of the Race for Opportunity Youth Advisory Panel. A group of young people aged between 16 & 24 years old chosen to work with Race for Opportunity to find solutions to the challenges of unemployment and progression.

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Maryam currently works as a Finance Knowledge Management paralegal for a city law firm. She graduated from the University of Reading with LLB Law in 2011, and completed the Legal Practice Course from the University of Law (2012).

Asides to her involvement with the RFO Youth Panel, Maryam volunteers with the charity Zacchaeus 2000 Trust, providing support and advocacy for often vulnerable clients in Social Security Tribunal Appeal cases. Also, in her pro bono capacity for the specialist legal agency ‘Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit,’ Maryam undertakes research into various issues affecting child asylum seekers in different countries.

In the past, Maryam has been an adviser with the Citizens Advice Bureau, volunteer at a Community Legal Clinic, and a Peer Educator with the British Red Cross. Maryam is a graduate from the Young Muslim Leadership Programme delivered by the University of Oxford; and at a younger age she held the role of Regional Cabinet Member of the UK Youth Parliament.

Maryam is passionate about finding practical solutions that will help to reduce the gaps in high rates of unemployment amongst the BAME communities. She hopes the panel’s efforts will contribute to invoking that ever important cultural change that is pre-requisite to not only benefitting the generation of today, but those to come.