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Hi and welcome to M4L. My name is Nicola and I am the founding director of F4L. I’m a qualified counsellor and do a lot of public speaking. I am passionate about supporting and enabling young people, in particular girls, to be the best version of themselves and to reach their dreams. I am excited to start this journey with you all.

Nicola Benyahia




Hi everyone! My name is Raquel and I am M4L’s programme manager, a.k.a. the person working behind the scenes connecting all the dots! I am also a researcher and I am passionate about contributing to a society where everyone has a voice.

Raquel da Silva




My name is Amina and I am super excited to be a mentor for M4L. I immigrated to Birmingham from Pakistan in Year 6 and have since called Birmingham my home. I have a BSc in Psychology from the University of Birmingham and a Masters in Applied Human Rights from the University of York. I have a long history of mentoring and it brings me great joy to be able to support others in reaching their goals (personal or professional).

Amina Asad

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My name is Tchilissila but call me Chila – easier! I'm a clinical psychologist and I study families. I've been mentoring teen girls for over 15 years now (Portugal, Spain, Angola). I'm passionate about people, and I'm very excited to work with you girls! It's always a pleasure to get to know new people and provide my listening ear for the good and not-so-good stuff in our lives.

Tchilissila Simões


Hi all! My name is Javeria and I feel so honoured to be a part of M4L. I am excited to develop positive, respectful relationships with like-minded girls to support and empower one another. ‘A girl should be two things: who and what she wants’. 

Javeria Hussain


My name is Sajidah and I’m looking forward to working together as a group of young women and helping you to find your best self. I also work for a racial equality and social justice research centre and am passionate about working towards social justice.

Sajida Ali

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