Muna Mohamed is a 3rd year Public Affairs and Policy Management specialization in Human Rights student at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She currently acts as one of three Youth Advisors to the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. As a Youth Advisor, Muna provides a consulting and supporting role to both internal processes of youth engagement and external youth engagement practices at mental health agencies across Ontario.
Muna’s passion for Youth Engagement started at the age of 16 through her engagement with a local youth advisory committee on women’s rights. Through this local committee, Muna learnt about the various mental health promotion initiatives that the Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health was offering. Since her employment at the Centre in 2012, she has advocated for the implementation of Youth Engagement in mental health agencies through presentations at a number of conferences such as the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, Unleash the Noise and the International Association for Youth Mental Health Conference in 2013. She has also run a youth-led mental health grant program called Dare to Dream that funds mental health promotion initiatives across Ontario. Muna has developed numerous skills by being engaged at a young age. Through her work, she hopes that she can continuously help young people reach levels of personal growth through engagement in their communities.