CEO message: February

For over 35 years, the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) has stood as a beacon of hope, resilience, and change; a shaper of culture, systems, attitudes and behaviours. Earlier this month, we hosted our 35 year anniversary event at the State Library of Victoria, and launched a new interactive timeline website that explores the historic moments that have defined our legacy. 

We were honoured to be joined by the Premier of Victoria, the Hon. Jacinta Allan MP, the Minister for Youth, the Hon. Natalie Suleyman MP, along with valued community members, partners, young people, alumni, and past and present staff and Board Directors.  

The celebration was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on CMY’s impact over its 35 year history, and acknowledge so many of the people who have contributed to our journey along the way. Read more about the event here.  

New website: 35 Years of Shaping Culture  

CMY’s new digital history project documents the full CMY journey through audio, film, photography, and written accounts, showcasing the rich history and diverse stories that have shaped CMY.  Watch the intro video.  

This website was researched and authored by historian Jennifer Rose, PhD candidate, Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at Australian Catholic University. We’re so grateful to Jennifer for the countless hours, effort, passion and dedication she has put into researching CMY’s history.   

Check out the new site and let us know what you think:

Statewide Forum: ‘I Need to Know You’re Safe’ Framework 

CMY last week hosted a Statewide Forum in partnership with Anglicare Victoria, to launch a new youth-informed framework for engaging multicultural young people experiencing family violence. 

The ‘I need to know you’re safe’ framework highlights the lived experience, needs and challenges of multicultural young people when accessing the family violence service system. Drawing on consultations with multicultural young people and family violence practitioners, the framework elevates the voices of multicultural young people and identifies how the wider service system can better support their engagement. 

Over 140 participants attended the forum, which explored key findings and topics from the framework through a panel of young people, lead practitioners and sector representatives – looking at why this framework is needed, and what are the next steps for organisations and the sector. 

CMY Annual Report 2022-2023

Finally, we recently published our Annual Report 2022-2023. Looking back on another year of transformative impact, we’re proud of the incredible work all of our teams are doing to create a society in which young people are connected and can fully reach their potential. 

Thank you to all of our partners, funders and supporters, who help to make this work possible. 

Carmel Guerra OAM