This year's annual report represents a milestone in how CMY communicates and measures its work. For the first time we are not just reporting what we do - we are also reporting what difference our work makes.
The new Strategic Plan gives us the opportunity to develop our accountability and reporting mechanisms over the lifespan of the plan. Previous Annual Reports have focused on our activities rather than results. The challenge this year is to start to tell a more complete story that reflects the difference we are making through our work.
Migrant Youth in Australia - Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship
This report presents research findings from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project “Social Networks, Belonging and Active Citizenship Among Migrant Youth in Melbourne and Brisbane”, conducted over a four-year period from 2009 to 2012.
This project involved industry partners that are at the cusp of challenges associated with migrant integration and adaptation.
Research for this report was undertaken by The Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation (CCG), Deakin University and Monash University in partnership with CMY and Australian Red Cross.
Unaccompanied Young Adults - Settling or Surviving?
Increasing numbers of unaccompanied young people, particularly young men, have been granted refugee status in Australia over the past several years through the onshore humanitarian program. Those under the age of 18, referred to as Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors (UHMs), receive targeted support as a result of their status as minors.
However, there is growing recognition that once such young people turn 18 years old, and are therefore no longer eligible for these specialist services, they still often require intensive support.
As a result, CMY developed a report in response to a number of concerns raised by service providers who work with this cohort. The ‘Settling or Surviving?’ report explores specific issues facing 18 – 25 year old unaccompanied young adults (UYAs) who arrive onshore, and how their overall settlement can be better supported. It outlines key issues for consideration, guided by the Australian Government’s settlement policy, and highlights positive strategies and recommendations.
Earlier this morning, a report released by The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council has found that more than a quarter of young people are not fully engaged in work or study after leaving school and this has worsened over five years. In light of the COAG report and CMYs own report, CEO Carmel Guerra has called for an extension of support services to young people, especially those who arrive in Australia unaccompanied. Ms Guerra's thoughts on the issue were broadcasted on ABC AM.
Increasing discussions on organ and tissue donations
CMY supports the Australian Government's campaign 'DonateLife... the greatest gift' which aims to increase family discussions about organ and tissue donation wishes.
Many Australians have concerns about whether their culture or religion is supportive of organ and tissue donation. Most religions support organ and tissue donation as an act of giving while helping preserve the sanctity of life.
This campaign aims to facilitate access to culturally appropriate information to support people in making their decision about donating.
As the convenor of the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (Australia), CMY was proud to lead Australia’s first national conference on refugee young people. Auspiced by the MYAN (Australia) in partnership with the University of Sydney, the conference was held at the University of Sydney this week and attracted over 300 representatives working across the education, employment, health, settlement and migration law fields.
With presentations from a range of experts, the conference was a unique and exciting opportunity to engage in the issues facing children and young people in the asylum and settlement contexts and the sectors supporting them.
Megan Mitchell, National Children’s Commissioner, highlighted the issues of young people in immigration detention and the need for government to uphold our CROC obligations to ensure their care and protection.
Cedric Kayemba Mulumba – a young man of Congolese background and Chair of the Australian Youth Forum Steering Committee, in his inspirational speech, called for young people of refugee backgrounds to be recognised for their strengths and contributions to the community.
The Hon. Victor Dominello, NSW Minister for Youth, congratulated CMY & MYAN NSW on its work in building a specialist service for a multicultural young people in NSW.
The conference recognised that young people from refugee backgrounds face particular barriers in adapting to Australian society. More importantly, it acknowledged the importance of a targeted approach in policy and service delivery as fundamental to ensuring that young people from refugee backgrounds achieve meaningful and sustained participation in the economic, cultural and social facets of Australian society.
SBS’ Dr. David Corlett, who also spoke at the conference, called for a national framework for the care and support of children and young people who come to Australia as asylum seekers and refugees. Such a framework would provide much needed benchmarks in care and support and contribute to better accountability in policy and service delivery.
The two-day conference closed with a panel comprising of Senator Kate Lundy, Senator Richard Di Natale and the Hon. Teresa Gambero. Through this panel, bi-partisan support for a national status report on how young people from refugee backgrounds are faring (mirroring the Victorian Refugee Status Report released in 2011) was achieved, along with the need for a cross-government approach to meeting the needs of young people from this cohort. This includes better data collection and the importance of a specialist approach in mainstream youth programs like Youth Connections and Headspace.
Five recommendations arose from the conference (view media release below).
A detailed report capturing key messages and recommendations from the conference will be available shortly. Presentations from conference speakers will also be available on the MYAN website.
Multicultural young people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex or queer (GLBTIQ) face additional challenges to openly come out in their communities, due to a lack of awareness and understanding.
Join us for the launch of this short film to raise awareness of sexual diversity within multicultural communities.
The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) works extensively with young people in the City of Greater Dandenong. This video features three of our programs that operate in the area and the stories of six resilient young people and their dreams for the future.
CMY's response to the Victorian State Government's budget 2013-2014
The following release outline's CMY's response to the key investments within the youth and multicultural portfolios in this year's budget announcement.
Future Priorities for Young Australians - CMY Strategic Plan 2013-2017
The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) recently launched its strategic plan for the next four years. Our aim is to ensure that young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds are connected, empowered and influential Australians.
Take a look at this short video to discover our main objectives over the next four years.