CMY was established in 1988 and was the first organisation in Australia to work exclusively with migrant and refugee young people.

In the mid-1980s, multiculturalism began to emerge as a framework for public policy, and consequently, so did a growing awareness of issues affecting migrant and refugee communities. In 1988, the Victorian Government established an Ethnic Youth Issues Network (EYIN) and CMY CEO Carmel Guerra, was employed as the first EYIN Project Officer.

In 2000, under the auspice of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, the EYIN re-launched itself as the Centre for Multicultural Youth Issues (CMYI). The new name reflected the growth of the organisation from a network to becoming a central point of referral, information and research.

After 20 years of development and growth, CMYI made a decision to take the momentous step of becoming an independent organisation and officially became the Centre for Multicultural Youth on 1 July 2008.

We’ve come a long way since 1988 but there are still significant challenges and much work to be done.

Read more about our history in Many Voices One Story: 1988-2008celebrating 20 years working with multicultural young people in Victoria.