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We support schools to enhance engagement with students from refugee and migrant backgrounds and their families.


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Apply for the Refugee Education Support Program

Applications for RESP 2022-23 are now open to all schools in the following Local Government Areas of Victoria: Greater Dandenong, Casey, Cardinia, Hume, Moreland, Melton, Wyndham and Wodonga.

More information here, and apply here.

Training and Professional Development for School Staff

CMY offers training for school staff which can be delivered at your school. Online sessions may be available for some training.

We provide a range of modules aimed at building school-wide capability in addressing racism, and the support and engagement of students and families from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

A limited number of free in-school professional learning sessions are currently available. Sessions are designed to support the implementation of the Schools Standing Up to Racism resource which is a free resource designed to support schools to address racism and discrimination in their school environment.

Workshops must be booked before the end of Term 2, 2021.

Find out more about the workshops here or to register interest in attending, please contact Chelsea King at cking@cmy.net.au or 03 9340 3765.

Other available modules include:

  • Culturally Responsive Practice
  • Listening to Young People
  • Engaging Families

For more information and to discuss booking a session for your school, please contact training@cmy.net.au

Online self-directed training modules

Resources for Schools

Our team produces a range of resources to support schools, teachers, students and their families including reports, podcasts, infographics, and video. Click here to view.

Programs in Schools

Refugee Education Support Program (RESP)

The Refugee Education Support Program (RESP) improves the educational outcomes of students from refugee backgrounds by providing holistic and targeted support to selected schools. This strengthens the connections between student achievement and well-being and student, family, school and community engagement.

RESP is a partnership between CMY, Foundation House and the Department of Education and Training, delivered in collaboration with Catholic Education Commission of Victoria and the Association of Independent Schools Victoria.

We have a range of case studies in our Knowledge Hub that provide examples of Out-of-School-Hours Learning Support Programs that have been implemented as part of RESP, and illustrate the outcomes for schools, their students, and families.

Schools in the following locations have been supported through RESP:

  • NORTH: Whittlesea, Hume, Yarra, Darebin, Moreland
  • SOUTH: Casey, Dandenong
  • EAST: Manningham and Yarra Ranges, Maroondah, Monash
  • WEST: Wyndham, Brimbank, Maribyrnong
  • REGIONAL: Mildura, Bendigo, Shepparton, Geelong

*Applications for RESP in 2022-23 are open to all schools in the following Local Government Areas of Victoria: Greater Dandenong, Casey, Cardinia, Hume, Moreland, Melton, Wyndham and Wodonga. More information here, and apply here.

Aspire to Lead

A strengths-based leadership program available to schools in the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire. The program is designed for students who may experience challenges engaging with the school and the education environment. The program consists of workshops, group peer-mentoring sessions and events hosted by participants.

For more information, contact:
Engela van der Klashorst | Project Officer
E | evanderklashorst@cmy.net.au
M | 0436 620 187

Navigator

Navigator is aimed at high school students in the South East region of Melbourne with 70% or less non-attendance at school. The program provides intensive case management, builds relationships with schools, advocates, offers restorative practices and assertive outreach to support disengaged learners and their families. Contact our South East Program Manager for more info.