For over 30 years, we have been working to ensure young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds have every opportunity to succeed.
We do this by removing the barriers many young people face as they make Australia their home, through a combination of support services and programs, sector capability building, advocacy and knowledge sharing.
Our work is focused in the growth corridors in Melbourne’s North West and South East regions, and in regional centres in Ballarat and Gippsland.
The depth of experience and skills across our team enables us to work effectively with young people from diverse backgrounds. Our people are central to our ability to build strong partnerships with all of our stakeholders and create positive change across Victoria.
- We believe diversity is a cornerstone of Australia’s success.
- We believe respect for everyone’s human rights is essential for a fair and equal society.
- We believe everyone should be able to feel like they belong and can participate fully.
Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds are connected, empowered and influential Australians.
Strategic focus areas
Our Strategic Plan 2018-2022 highlights four key objectives that are supported by a series of action strategies:
- MY Community: Young people are connected, belong and contribute to their families and the community.
- MY Journey: Young people are empowered to access opportunities and actively shape their own futures.
- MY Voice: Young people are understood, accurately represented and influential.
- MY CMY: CMY is a strong partner and recognised leader in working with diverse young people.
Who we work with
The young people we work with tell us they prefer not to be defined by labels. It is important, however, to explain that most of our work focuses on young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, 12-25 years of age, who are newly-arrived to Australia.
Young people can encounter significant barriers as they try to settle in Australia. Alongside the challenges of growing up, they are figuring out how things are done and adjusting to unfamiliar cultural, academic and social expectations.
Their sense of wellbeing and belonging can be considerably diminished by factors such as racism and discrimination. These barriers are often compounded and magnified by services and systems that are ill-equipped to provide the specialist support they need.
Despite these complex issues, we know that young people have the enterprise, resilience and optimism to contribute to the continued prosperity of Australia. By engaging them as experts in their own lives and focusing on their strengths, they can be empowered to adapt and thrive.