Our direct support work takes place in a number of settings including schools, sport and recreation centres, TAFEs and community hubs. We use a combination of outreach, one-to-one specialist case management and group work to support and empower young people who are at risk to overcome issues, connect to community and settle well in Australia.
We offer them tools, linkages and pathways that support them to overcome a range of barriers including:
• understanding the migration system
• registering with essential services
• accessing health and mental health services
• comprehending Australian social systems
• accessing education, training and employment pathways
• linking into sport and recreation opportunities
• dealing with family issues
• accessing accommodation and housing support
• navigating financial or legal difficulties
• accessing material aid.
The Newly Arrived Youth Services is a specialist Reconnect program, that works with newly arrived (in Australia for less than 5 years) young people from refugee background who are at risk of homelessness. The program is delivered across the Cities of Greater Dandenong and Casey in the south-east and the Cities of Brimbank and Hume in the north-west, which are some of the most diverse and fastest growing areas of metropolitan Melbourne. The program incorporates action research with family centered approaches and culturally responsive service delivery that utilizes a variety of strategies such as case management, counseling, group work, family mediation and practical support. Funding for this program comes from the Department of Social Services.
If you would like to make a referral to CMY's Reconnect program, please fill up our referral form.
Complex Case Support
Specialised and Intensive Support Services (SIS) provides streamlined intensive case management, coordination and support to refugees and humanitarian entrants with complex and high needs that cannot be met by other care providers. Please see here for further information
Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors Programme
The Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors (UHM) programme provides housing and support for unaccompanied minors who have arrived, for the most part, through Australia's onshore refugee programme and have been assessed as capable of living independently.
Through advocacy CMY was able to work with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to first pilot and now deliver the UHM Programme, which is tailored to the needs and strengths of these young people.
The programme provides a targeted and intensive response to the diverse range of needs, experiences and skills of participants, who are provided with a wide range of support services that enable and prepare them for independence.
The Ucan2 program aims to facilitate and support the social inclusion of newly arrived young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds (16 - 26 years) with the support of committed and passionate volunteers.
My Mentoring is a pilot program seeking to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged migrant and refugee background young people through culturally targeted mentoring. During the pilot period, MY Mentoring is delivering programs for African and Pasifika background young people in selected schools and community-based learning support programs in the western suburbs of Melbourne. The pilot will also develop new resources about mentoring young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
MY Mentoring is delivered in partnership with Charis Mentoring and supported by the Victorian Government’s Mentoring for Kids in Need Commitment.