Ballarat YAG member Lamourette Folly on home, community and perspective
Lamourette Folly from Ballarat is a journalism student who is passionate about “harmony, cultural, belonging, safety and security”. This is her story of finding her feet and focussing her energy and talents towards making room for others and developing her leadership potential.
“I have been in Australia for nine years now and have learnt a lot along the way. I call Australia home now, but nine years ago, I was a stranger in this country,” she says.
“Over the years, I have learnt to be confident in myself and be a leader for my generation and others.”
Lamourette is an active and enthusiastic participant at community events and feels that they play an important role.
Pictured: Lamourette presenting to high school students at CMY's Refugee Week celebrations in Ballarat
“All the work that goes into events such as those around Refugee Week ensures that I have a community that I can rely on in times of sorrow and support me in any way that they can to make sure that I fit into the society and have the same rights as everyone else,” she explains.
“It means that I am not alone in the community, the nation or the world.”
For Lamourette, it is important to be authentic and purposeful.
“It is important that I accept who I am and what I like instead of trying to be someone else to fit in.”
Lamourette is a member of CMY’s Ballarat Youth Advisory Group. She works with several other young people to inform and inspire the work CMY does to support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
“My association with CMY informs my perspective on issues that affect young people from migrant backgrounds,” she says.
We get together and share our stories. We support each other by accepting each other for who we are and not what others think of us to be.”