STARTING life in a new country can be a challenge, but volunteers can make it easier for young people to make Australia home.
The Centre for Multicultural Youth is seeking volunteers from the City of Greater Dandenong and City of Casey local government areas to join the Ucan2 program. Ucan2 volunteers empower young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to embrace every opportunity that living in Australia presents.
Ucan2 volunteers have supported over 1,000 young people over the past five years, by facilitating and supporting the social inclusion of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in all aspects of community life.
Volunteers share their life experiences and skills and help young people make informed decisions about their education and career pathways. This is especially crucial for young people as they transition from learning English to studying or working in the wider community.
“It really is a program like no other and I think that it brings so much happiness to the students, and to the volunteers too!” Ucan2 volunteer, Jane Pirouc said.
Hilary Murchison, another volunteer said the program facilitated friendships between staff, volunteers and young people.
“It has been so rewarding to watch the students grow and develop each week, and it has helped me become a more compassionate person at the same time,” she said.
Over the past year alone, Ucan2 volunteers worked with over 200 students in Melbourne who felt supported in discussing their goals and identifying education and career pathways.
Becoming a Ucan2 volunteer requires a commitment of 2.5 hours per week for 16 to 18 weeks. Volunteers receive training and ongoing support.
Ucan2 is committed to child safety and applicants will be subject to child safe screening and assessment, including a Working with Children Check.
For more information or to apply to become a volunteer, please visit http://cmy.net.au/ucan2
Ucan2 is a partnership between AMES Australia, CMY and Foundation House.