Nyayoud Jice: CMY’s Mary Danckert Youth Intern 2016-17

July 4, 2017

22-year-old Nyayoud Jice is a passionate advocate for human rights, “especially the rights of individuals whose voices have historically been marginalised and silenced.” With a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Justice, this “proud young African woman” is a very active volunteer with “the Yarra Youth Services as Yarra Youth Ambassador, working on numerous projects addressing social issues and challenging the minds of the public on issues affecting young people and those from migrant and refugee backgrounds”.

Nyayoud started as CMY’s Mary Danckert Youth Intern 2016-17 in May last year and has since become an invaluable member of the Youth Leadership team. We sat down with her for a quick chat, while she took a break between attending a youth justice public forum and co-facilitating a Settle Smart session for newly-arrived young people.

Describe yourself in three words:

Grounded. Funny. Authentic.

Describe your CMY experience in three words:

Empowering. Nurturing. Bloody awesome!

What inspired you to sign up to become the Youth Leadership Intern 2016-17?

I had an interest in law as I was studying Criminology & Justice, and as soon as I saw ‘Human Rights’ and ‘Diversity’ in the ad, I was sold.

I also liked the fact that CMY is one of the few organisations that works exclusively with young people from migrant & refugee backgrounds. So CMY works with people I can identify with.

What were the top 3 things you learned from your experience at CMY? And how you’ve used it in your life?

  1. Modeling – how to work with the camera to highlight my best angles.
  2. Being interviewed – how to get comfortable with being in front of the camera.
  3. Working with professionals – interacting with people who are knowledgeable and passionate about their jobs.

What would you change about it?

Very little! Perhaps more young people being employed, in different capacities and teams.

What is your advice for the incoming Youth Leadership Intern?

Don’t be afraid to fail and ask for help. Members of the Youth Leadership team (and CMY in general) are more than happy to help. The organization consists of an engaged bunch of people who’ll drop everything they’re doing (if required) to sort you out.

Would you recommend working with CMY to other young people and why?

Heck yes!

Within the one year of working at CMY, I have developed as a person. I came with strengths, but at CMY I learned to own them. If I were allowed to apply for the position again, I would do it again! (giggles)

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to work in the youth justice sphere – working with young people pre, present and post their involvement in the youth justice system.

When I started at CMY, I came up with goals that would help me achieve my career goals – such as facilitation, working with young people in different settings, public speaking, gaining knowledge about the youth justice system and how other service providers work in this sphere. I worked on developing skills in all these areas, and all my career goals were nurtured at CMY.


The Youth Internship at CMY is named after the late Mary Danckert, CMY’s Youth Support Manager between 2005 – 2013. A passionate and dedicated advocate for social justice and an invaluable mentor and support to her staff, colleagues and the young people at CMY.