Abukar is passionate about sports, mentoring and the community. He was born in Somalia, but spent most of his life in Kenya. Despite facing a number of challenges in his first few months in Australia, including homelessness, Abukar has strived forward in achieving his goals. He is currently completing his Diploma in Criminal Justice with the aim of becoming a police officer. Abukar is heavily involved with the Melbourne community as a youth facilitator providing sporting opportunities and settlement information. He hopes to inspire others and create positive change.
Anyaak is of South Sudanese heritage and passionate about systemic racism and lack of employment opportunities for young people of refugee and migrant backgrounds. Through storytelling, Anyaak is keen to share his life experiences and perspectives, inspiring others to make a positive change in the community. Anyaak is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology. He hopes to address social inequalities that affect culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and challenge negative stereotypes to foster harmony and social cohesion.
Aref is a young Hazara man who sought asylum in Australia in 2009. As a passionate photographer and video storyteller, Aref uses his skills to share his story and contribute to the community. He is keen to share his settlement experience and the challenges he faced to inspire service providers, decision-makers and community members to initiate positive changes in the broader Australian community.
Asanga is a second generation migrant of Sri Lankan background, who is passionate about social impact and believes that young people are at the heart of enabling positive community development. He is willing to speak on a broad range of issues but is particularly passionate about combatting 'covert' or 'everyday' racism, and the multitude of issues it creates in mental health and employment.
Lena (Asma) Mirzae
Lena was born in Afghanistan, a patriarchal society where access to education was limited and she was unable to play the sport she loves – football. After fleeing from her native country with her family to Australia, Lena has actively promoted and encouraged young people to get involved in sport. She has twice represented Australia at the global Cityzens Giving sport leadership conference in Manchester, United Kingdom. Her long term goal is to empower young women to participate in extra-curricular activities.
Iltaf is a young Hazara man from Afghanistan who spent most of his life in Pakistan. He's passionate about the Hazara culture and its history, and wants to share his knowledge and experience to breakdown cultural barriers. Iltaf has strong skills in mathematics and computers, and is working towards studying computer engineering with the aim of one day joining the Australian Air Force.
Lan Anh Tran Nguyen
Lan is a young woman from Vietnam who came to Australia in 2015. She is passionate about fostering connections between people and has a profound belief in the goodness of people. She believes in an optimistic approach to life and hopes to inspire others to overcome challenges by thinking positively. As a Shout Out Speaker, Lan would like to share her experiences and perspectives on a range of issues including community involvement, education and mental health.
Mehak Sheikh is a passionate, proactive and motivated young woman, who moved to Melbourne with her family in 2012. As a psychology student, Mehak is interested in behaviour and wants to work with children, young people and businesses. She has the drive to help those around her and engage with the community, which influences her to volunteer in various programs and sit on several committees that work on advocacy, community engagement and arts/events. Some of her other passions include cultural diversity, education and empowerment, health and community engagement.
Meriam is a Health Promotion graduate of East African background. Meriam has a keen interest in improving the nutritional health of all young Australians. As a health enthusiast, she is passionate about sharing her knowledge and perspectives to better the health of those from refugee and migrant backgrounds. As a Shout Out speaker, Meriam wants to share her experiences to create community awareness around discrimination, mental health and the empowerment of women and children.
Omar Al Kassab
Omar is passionate about promoting an understanding and awareness of the situation facing his fellow citizens living in and fleeing the war in Syria. His remarkable story includes the loss of friends, imprisonment, humanitarian work and devotion and love for Scouts. As a Shout Out speaker, Omar hopes to share his experiences and perspectives on community and inclusion, settlement experience and integration, navigating the education system, leadership, community involvement and dealing with torture or trauma.
Priyanka is an inspiring young woman who identifies as Punjabi Sikh. After coming to Australia as an international student in 2014, Priyanka embraced her student life by becoming a student mentor. An aspiring poet, Priyanka has found solace in her creative outlets to overcome mental health issues. She uses spoken word in her presentations to share her experiences and perspectives on a range of issues that affect her and other multicultural young people in Melbourne.
Sherry-Rose is a young African Australian of Cameroonian descent. With a keen interest in migrant affairs, politics and issues affecting young women, Sherry-Rose is passionate about bringing these issues to the forefront by challenging media representations and stereotypes of young people of diverse backgrounds. As a Shout Out speaker, Sherry-Rose is keen to share her experiences and perspectives on multiculturalism, living between two cultures, and issues facing young African women and their exposure to diverse role models, histories and information.
Born in Afghanistan and raised as a refugee in Pakistan, Shabnam moved to Australia in 2009. A Black Belt with National & International titles in Karate, she is passionate about encouraging young people, especially young migrant women, to break free from stereotypes. Shabnam co-founded Noor Foundation, a not for profit that helps newly arrived migrants and refugees settle in to Australia. In 2014, she represented Australia at the United Nations Alliance of Civilization Youth Leadership Summer School and is the 2017 Australian Ambassador to Qatar Foundation’s World Innovation Summit for Education. Currently, Shabnam is pursuing her dream to enter the medical profession.
Ariana was born in Samoa and came to Australia in 2001. She is an advocate for positive change in the community. As societal norms and values change, so too do the perspectives of people in relation to issues that are more often than not, manipulated by the media. This is where Ariana comes into play. As a strong and open--‐ minded person, she is devoted to presenting issues that are categorised as controversial and offers a third-person perspective on racial stereotyping and other controversial issues; two topics regularly twisted by media outlets.
Roghayeh Sadeghi (Rocky) is a 15-year-old student from Afghanistan. A strong Muslim girl, she came to Australia as a refugee with her mother and nine siblings in 2012. Roghayeh is currently in Year 10, and plans on going on to study law. Her dream is to be a human rights lawyer one day. Roghayeh is an advocate for diversity, inclusion, equality and the rights of the LGBTQI+ community, as well as, being a role model for the Muslim community. She is committed to working towards a world that is free from bullying, racism, sexism and discrimination of all forms. Being a young and a passionate speaker she hopes to inspire others to have resilience and make their dreams come true.
Arshdeep Cheema was born in India, but migrated to Australia at the age of two. Currently, she is finishing her Bachelor’s in Biomedical Science and hopes to become a surgeon. Arshdeep is passionate about mental health and not commonly discussed issues that surround migrant communities like domestic abuse. She is part of multiple charities that promote refugee ad migrant inclusion. Her goal in life is to leave a positive impact on the world, whether that be through sharing her experience or reaching out and helping people.
Nyayoud Jice is a proud African young woman, who is passionate about social justice and is an advocate for human rights, especially the rights of individuals whose voices have historically been marginalised and silenced. As a result of this passion, Nyayoud has since completed a Bachelor’s degree in criminology and justice. Nyayoud has worked on numerous projects addressing social issues and challenging the minds of the public on issues affecting young people and those from migrant and refugee backgrounds. In her spare time, Nyayoud likes to read, meditate and listen to music.
Born in Australia to Eritrean parents, Barry Berih is a community leader who works with young people in North Melbourne. A youth worker at North Melbourne Football Club, Barry is passionate about getting to know young people and he hopes to one day own a business that helps young people realise their dreams. Living with mild cerebral palsy, Barry is keen to share his experience of growing up, dealing with adversity and the value in building good relationships with family.
Hiep (pronounced HEAP) Do is a young and proud Vietnamese-Australian from Melbourne’s West. After two years of studying engineering at University, he decided Maths and Physics weren’t his thing, so he is now undertaking a Bachelor’s of Education… with a goal of teaching Maths and Physics! You’ll often see him on camp somewhere laughing and working with those in need. And when he isn’t, he is probably catching up on some much-needed sleep. He LOVES talking and will talk about anything, but is particularly interested in the art of failure, culture and identity, and empowering young people.
Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angela Bijimba is a Year 12 student who is passionate about ending discrimination, building confidence and community participation. Over the years, Angela has been involved with many different activities within her community of Geelong and is looking forward to being able to share her story with you. Aside from volunteering at CMY, Angela enjoys playing soccer, cooking and spending quality time with friends and family. She is also passionate about engaging in the community and is a member of Business Professional Women, BPW and Engage. Angela believes that change happens through commitment, resilience and hard work.
Cammy Lu is from Saigon with a Vietnamese-Chinese heritage. She is passionate about youth empowerment, human rights and environmental activism. Through her work, she hopes to share her own experience of migration and help inspire young people to use their experience to strengthen themselves and use their hardships as a driving force for a better future. She is currently finishing her Bachelor’s of Teaching and is keen to work with the community on improving issues of intergenerational gap and domestic violence.