Victoria’s population is increasingly diverse. In the 2016 Census, 48% of young Victorians had one or both parents born overseas.
Supporting inclusive service provision
Our work draws on CMY’s 30+ years of experience working with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
We deliver training and professional development opportunities, provide secondary consultations, support research and advocacy activities, develop useful resources, and encourage and facilitate cross-sector partnerships.
We collaborate with a wide range of sectors, including: settlement services, youth work, education, employment and business, health services, local government, youth justice, sports and recreation, and the multicultural sector.
We also offer Schools Standing Up to Racism, a range of resources to support schools to address racism and discrimination in their school environment.
Training and Professional Development
We offer in-depth training and professional development packages for individuals and organisations who want to build their cultural competence in working with multicultural young people, their families and communities, with a focus on:
- Culturally Responsive Practice
- Youth Settlement
Our services include:
- Tailored Secondary Consultation
- Professional Development and Training
We offer frameworks for developing good practice and provide individual workers with greater knowledge and confidence to work with young people. This work ensures that young people have access to appropriate support and inclusive services. It also promotes and fosters innovation and the development of strengths-based, responsive models that facilitate sustainable change.
Find out more about training opportunities
Other trainings by CMY
For mental health service providers:
- Reverb mental health workshops suitable for a range of sectors including health, education, government, welfare and the community sector, co-delivered by young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds with lived experiences.
For education providers:
- The MY Education team provides support for schools and,
- Reverb mental health training: a whole-school approach to culturally responsive mental health including workshops and consultations, designed specifically for school communities.
- The Learning Beyond the Bell (LBB) team offers free training for coordinators and volunteers working in Out-of-School-Hours Learning Support Programs (OSHLSP).
- Schools Standing Up to Racism workshop designed for primary and secondary school staff, delivered by the Training team.
For students and young people:
- Various leadership workshops co-facilitated by young people from our Youth Leadership programs are available.
CMY hosts regular Statewide Forums for sector workers, researchers and young people to come together, network and discuss relevant topics and challenges faced by young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds, and how we can better support them.
Some of the themes we’ve focused on at previous forums are: Youth Participation, Employment, Mentoring, Mental Health, and Inclusive Sport.
Watch our most recent statewide forum, Amplifying Our Voices: Elevating Multicultural Youth in Student Leadership.
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