Support for Regional Young Victorians Renewed

May 5, 2015

Multicultural young people in regional Victoria will continue to have access to CMY’s services following a renewed funding commitment in the 2015-2016 Victorian Budget.

The Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) is pleased to announce it will continue its services in the Ballarat and inner Gippsland regions, with the Victorian Government committing $962,000 over two years towards the two regional offices.

Since first opening their doors in 2012, the two offices have engaged with over 1,500 young people and built the capacity of other local services.

With this renewed funding commitment, CMY will continue to strengthen the participation outcomes for newly arrived young people in those areas through increased support and engagement in work, school and community.

CMY will use this opportunity to build on foundations created in previous years, linking communities with improved services and making regional areas liveable and welcoming places for all young people.

CMY CEO, Carmel Guerra said CMY’s work was crucial for refugee and migrant young people who encounter significant barriers as they try to settle in Australia.

“Through this renewed funding commitment, CMY can ensure that services and programs are available to break down barriers, helping young people to flourish when they arrive in Australia,” Ms Guerra said.

“The Latrobe Valley in Gippsland has the second highest proportion of overseas-born residents in regional Victoria, while Ballarat has a high per capita quote of international students in Australia.”

“CMY is pleased to see the Victorian Government recognise the importance of services to multicultural communities like these, and is taking steps to ensure that young people participate and contribute to the wider Australian community,” she said.