Who We Are

The Yusuf Youth Initiative (YYI) was set up in 2004 by a group of young enthusiasts who are driven by the desire to work for their community and improve their society. The group have undertaken a number of community projects on a local and national scale.

Meet The Team

Faisal Hussein


Faisal has been involved in youth and community work for over a decade and brings a wealth of experience to YYI. Having been a part of the organisation since its inception, Faisal has a deep understanding of the needs of the organisation and is in charge of the day to day running of all the projects.

Isa Mallick

Project Manager, Youth Work

Isa started off as a volunteer and after completing his studies as a Social Worker joined the team as the Youth Development Officer. He has experience and qualifications in outdoor activities and is responsible for developing and managing of our youth programmes and activities.

Katlin Hommik

Project Manager, FLA

Katlin has over a decade of experience in education as a school teacher as well as a university and mosque lecturer. She has written and translated a variety of books from children’s story books to textbooks. She is now in charge of making our Future Leaders Academy a favourable breeding ground for young, confident, well educated, friendly Scottish Muslims.

Rizwan Rafik

Project Manager, Taught by Muhammad

Rizwan has taken this project from being a part time food bank and curry kitchen to now working in regeneration areas with over 40 partners. His responsibilities include the daily running of core tasks and volunteer recruitment. As well as this, Rizwan engages with many partners to bring about social change to Dundee.

Halima Kolo

Project Manager, ChangeMakers

Halima started her journey in YYI as a member of our youth clubs. As she out grew being a member, she began as a volunteer with YYI and has since been actively involved in all the projects. Her current role is within the employability project, boosting youth engagement with opportunities and supporting them in personal development.

Umer Farooq

Project Manager, Engage

Umer was a regular volunteer within the YYI youth clubs during his time at University where he studied Computer Arts. Since completing his degree he now runs the Engage project which works with the local BME adult community. Umer oversees the support and engagement of the communities male members.

Dena El-Anis

Executive Administrator

Dena first became involved in YYI as a volunteer before moving into the role as Executive Administrator. Dena now provides administrative support to all the projects within YYI.


  • Everyone is doing a fantastic job. Take my hat off to you all!–Female, age 50

  • Hopefully your work will inspire many people around the globe to do the same thing. Thank you so much.–Yusuf

  • A reliable organisation, you aid comfort of the heart–Mustafa