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Abdullahi Mohamud

Abdullahi Mohamud (Ali) first arrived to Australia in 2015 in search of asylum after fleeing Somalia, his home country. In his six years in immigration detention, Ali remained determined to pursue his education and improve his life; completing a Diploma in Psychology, Diploma in Advanced English Grammar and Introduction to Information Technology. Now resettled in the community, Ali is pursing tertiary education and dreams of someday becoming a Doctor. To give back, Ali has become an active volunteer and advocate for mental health amongst young people and men with similar experiences.

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Akeer Garang

Akeer is a South Sudanese community advocate and experienced youth justice professional. Her tertiary education and her experience in the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program, Youth Law, AMES and the Consumer Action Law Centre have equipped her with the skills to engage with a range of topics including the criminal justice system, human rights and family violence. Whether she’s advocating for improvements in mental health services, highlighting the effects of inter-generational cultural dissonance and trauma, socio-economic disadvantage or youth justice matters, Akeer consistently and eloquently advocates for community representation and the use of intersectional frameworks when addressing issues faced by migrant and refugee communities. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, yoga and music. In three words, Akeer describes herself as curious, introspective and a people-person.

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Ali Noura

Ali Noura is a young man of Lebanese heritage who is passionate about raising young people’s voices on the issues that affect them most, but often go neglected. He believes that we can only galvanize others to act for positive change through the sharing of powerful and personal stories. Ali is currently completing his Bachelor of Commerce and Diploma in Arabic at the University of Melbourne. Amongst his varied interests, Ali is most passionate about advocating for mental health and its intersectionality with education, domestic violence, environmentalism. He is also outspoken about the unique intergenerational conflicts second-generation migrant youth face in Australia.

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Amran Abdi

Amran Abdi is a Somali Australian author, speaker, poet and Early Childhood educator. Whether she’s sharing her perspective as a young woman of Somali background and Muslim faith through her poetry and writing, or a role model and educator to young people – the enthusiasm, warmth and love of learning that Amran brings to all her endeavours is testament to her commitment to creating cross cultural understanding and promoting harmony in all of the spaces she occupies. Arman’s recent children’s book, The Rainbow Hijab is no exception, generating positive dialogue around identity, diversity and acceptance among children and adults all over the world.

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Arshdeep Cheema

Arshdeep Cheema was born in India, but migrated to Australia at the age of two. As a student of Public Health, Arshdeep is an advocate for improving heath access for migrant and refugee communities; currently taking part in CMY’s Youth Advisory Group and mental health initiative alongside several charities that promote refugee and migrant inclusion. Through her advocacy, Arshdeep aims to shed light on taboo topics such as women’s reproductive health and family violence, but ultimately her life’s goal is to leave a positive impact on the world through sharing her story and helping others.

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Bayu Pratama

Bayu Pratama is a student of Youth Work, a former Diversity Ambassador to St Kilda, Melbourne and Collingwood AFL Clubs, and current Vice President to Victoria’s Australian-Indonesian Youth Association. Bayu is a passionate advocate for youth participation, diversity and inclusion. He believes that giving young people a platform for representation is one of the most effective ways to promote social cohesion. This is a message he continues to promote in his work around political and social causes; first appearing in a 2017 Senate Hearing to present on the topic of ‘Strengthening Multiculturalism in Australia’ and his continued effort to raising awareness of the harmful effects of gambling on young people across Victoria.

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Faye Shee-Durnion

Faye is a university student, environmental activist and public speaker. Motivated by her drive to make the world a better place, she’s amassed extensive volunteer experience through various initiatives including her work with children at Edmund Rice Camps, role as emcee for the Buddha’s Light Association of Victoria for their annual ‘Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival’, sorting food donations at Vinnies and recently, speaking at the Undress Sustainable Fashion Conference in Melbourne. With such varied interests, Faye maintains at the core of all her social justice pursuits, the desire to spread awareness for climate change and the subsequent politics that determine the sort of future that young people will have. When she’s not volunteering, studying or advocating for change, Faye spends her time indulging in art and music.

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Hashwina Vimalarajan

Born in India, raised in the Middle East and now living in Australia, Hashwina is what they call a ‘third culture kid’, raised in a culture completely different from her own, yet comfortable enough to call it home. As an Environmental Scientist, she’s equally passionate about environmental sustainability and currently works for the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand, a non-profit professional organization that supports environmental practitioners. Outside of work, she’s an advocate for environmental refugees, mental health, women’s rights and improving access for marginalised groups through various social justice initiatives, including her role as a Shout Out Speaker and Youth Advisory Group member at CMY. In her spare time, Hashwina is part of a South Asian dance group, a hiker and an avid reader. In three words she describes herself as curious, compassionate and charismatic.

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Joshua Sim

Joshua Sim is an emerging artist, professional photographer and a Philosophy and Anthropology student. His critical yet creative way of seeing the world is grounded in his experiences of growing up in Australia, his love for his Chinese Peranakan – Indian heritage, as well as a unique mix of interests that compel him to explore the complexities of the human condition. Joshua has held a number of exhibitions and galleries across Melbourne and hopes to continue creating dialogue about shared experiences such as belonging, loneliness, disconnection, mental health and other modern-day problems through art and public speaking. Joshua can be found DJing or enjoying music in his spare time. In three words, he describes himself as thoughtful, caring and laid-back.

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Julia Coscolluela

Julia Coscolluela is a Filipino woman who came to Australia in 2015. Her experience as a young migrant has fuelled her passion for youth empowerment. Her interest in becoming a public speaker stems from her belief that young people, especially young women and those from diverse cultural backgrounds, are often overlooked and underrepresented in society. Her current role as a casual youth worker with Brimbank Youth Services allows and inspires her to support other young people and amplify their voices. Julia is also eager to speak about her experiences regarding topics like volunteering, identity, belonging and building self confidence.

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Justinna Merin

Having migrated to Australia from the Philippines in 2009, Justinna knows what it’s like to have to learn to call a new place home. Now a Registered Nurse with a background in Psychology and passion for creativity, her focus lies in empowering people through dialogue about the impact of generational stigma against young people, racism, xenophobia, and the importance of representation for minority groups and communities. However, if asked to speak on a single topic, she would use the opportunity to raise awareness about the significance of mental health literacy among young people using creativity as a medium for realising emotions and practicing mindfulness. In her spare time, Justinna enjoys travelling and spending time outdoors in nature. In three words she describes herself as warm, calm and free-spirited.

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Kano Ravalji

Krushnadevsinh (Kano) migrated from India to Australia at the age of 7. Now an advocate of diversity and multiculturalism, Kano is keen to inspire young people to become comfortable with themselves by sharing his journey and learnings from years of battling what has felt like two different identities. Aside from public speaking, Kano also mentors Year 12 VCE students in leadership roles, has worked on multiple youth-led social media projects and hopes to use his energetic and humorous personality  to deliver speeches, host events, conduct interviews and promote peace and positivity wherever he goes.

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Komal Grewal

Komal Grewal spent the first 11 years of her life living in India and the next 11 years living in Australia. Currently pursuing further study in Psychology after a Bachelor of Commerce, Komal’s interests are far and wide – ranging from education inequality, mental health, community involvement to sharing her perspective on dual identity. No matter the topic, Komal’s goal is simple: to inspire and empower others to live their life with meaning and purpose.

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Lydia Gethya

Lydia Gethya is an Assyrian Iraqi refugee who arrived to Australia in 2016. She uses her memory of fleeing her village to raise awareness and restore humanity to the public discourse around refugees and asylum seekers. Through her advocacy, she also hopes to inspire newly arrived communities, particularly young people as they learn to adapt to a new environment, culture and education system. In addition to studying Arts (Psychology) at the University of Melbourne, Lydia is an active member of the Hume Youth Action Committee, CMY’s Youth Advisory Group and Shout Out mental health initiative.

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Melis Layik

Melis is a Turkish born Law student, English tutor and community advocate for women’s rights, queer rights and mental health literacy. She’s contributed to multiple advocacy initiatives as a volunteer, including the International Women’s Development Agency, One Girl, Queerspace and recently as an event organiser for the Melbourne SlutWalk, an annual protest against sexual assault victim-blaming. Melis is not only committed but deeply passionate about social justice and advocating for change. When she’s not breaking gender norms, challenging heteronormativity and the status quo, Melis uses her story of surviving anorexia nervosa to spread awareness about eating disorders and mental health amongst young people. In her spare time, she pursues her interests in photography, short films and acting. In three words, Melis describes herself as bold, determined and empathetic.

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Mohamed Semra

Mohamed Semra is a young leader working to shatter stigma and misconceptions surrounding African migrants and refugees. As someone who migrated to Australia at a young age, he has overcome challenges; learning English and overcoming a stutter, to being elected as School and Debating Captain and  winning the Commissioner’s Race Discrimination Prize for his essay on racism. Mohamed is currently developing a leadership mentoring program while studying Commerce and International Relations at university. He hopes that sharing his story and the resilience he has gained from it, will inspire young people to become leaders and challenge the negative stereotypes they often face.

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Nabil Feki

Nabil Feki is a first generation Harari-Ethiopian and is an active member of the Harari youth community of Melbourne. He has a Bachelor of International Studies and is currently studying a Bachelor of Law at Deakin University. He’s deeply passionate about international and Australian domestic politics, is an avid traveller, can speak intermediate Spanish and has lived in both Spain and Peru. Nabil loves sports and cultures and is deeply interested in the integration of multicultural youth within the Australian community. Above all else, Nabil has a desire to give back to the Australian community, who have welcomed his family and community with open arms.

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Phuong Nguyen

Phuong Nguyen is an international student from Vietnam with a passion for connecting with others – an area of interest that has led to many personal achievements including presenting at TEDx while still in high school. While completing a Bachelor of Psychology at university, Phuong also dedicates time to volunteering for organisations such as CMY and Headspace and public speaking and writing about the challenges experienced by young people in the age of social media. Among the various issues she’s passionate about, Phuong endeavours to raise awareness about the prevalence of loneliness and isolation, the importance of developing personal identity, mental health support and to help others build meaningful connections while coping with change.

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Roghayeh Sadeghi

Roghayeh Sadeghi (Rocky) is a student from Afghanistan. A strong Muslim girl, she came to Australia as a refugee with her mother and nine siblings in 2012. Roghayeh is currently in Year 12, and plans on going on to study law. Her dream is to be a human rights lawyer one day. Roghayeh is an advocate for diversity, inclusion, equality and the rights of the LGBTQI+ community, as well as, being a role model for the Muslim community. She is committed to working towards a world that is free from bullying, racism, sexism and discrimination of all forms. Being a young and a passionate speaker she hopes to inspire others to have resilience and make their dreams come true.

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Shadab Safa

Shadab Safa arrived in Australia as a refugee in 2009. Now a motivational speaker, small business owner and commerce student, Shadab has spoken to numerous schools across Victoria on the topics of gratitude, self-belief, entrepreneurship and multiculturalism with the aim of inspiring students to strive to become the best versions of themselves. Through his story of facing extreme adversity as a refugee, Shadab aims to give his listeners a renewed sense of hope, evoke a deep sense of gratitude and empower them to look within themselves for what it takes to be better equipped and ready for the future.

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Shashwat Tripathi

Shashwat is passionate about initiating and leading conversations on racial justice, multicultural literacy, representation and inclusion, and queer rights. Embracing his Indian heritage and taking pride in his queerness, Shashwat ardently seeks to illuminate how intersectional identities participate and interact with social, political, media, and academic spaces. Having been involved with dramatics, debating, elocutions, and Model United Nations Conferences since High School, Shashwat is well-versed with the craft of public speaking. He is a Youth Advisor and Shout Out Speaker at CMY and the recipient of the 2020 Create Change Fellowship at Democracy in Colour. Additionally, he has previously worked with the UNICEF and founded a not-for-profit organisation called Glass Jar. Shashwat moved to Australia in 2019 to undertake a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne. Majoring in Politics and International Relations, he has additional interests in the fields of History, Sociology, Business, and Law.

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Steve Vung Sian Muan

Steve arrived in Australia in 2017 as a refugee from an ethnic minority of Chin State in Myanmar. Now a Law and Business student at university, Steve is pursuing his interest in promoting mentorship, internship, professional and career development opportunities for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Steve is currently in the UNICEF Australia Young Ambassador Program, is a Youth Advisor to CMY and a participant of the Victorian Law institute’s Young Lawyers Program. He is also keen to share his interest in mental health, law reform and child rights, leadership and political participation for young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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Sundus Ibrahim

Sundus Ibrahim is a Kurdish former refugee who came to Australia in 2001 with her family. Currently studying Youth Work at university, Sundus has also completed her studies in inclusive education through educational support and is motivated by her desire to empower young people through opportunity, education, hope and giving them the platforms to be heard. Sundus is passionate about discrimination, mental health and inclusive education as well as advocating to building an inclusive society that allows all people – regardless of their story – the chance to thrive.

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Swathi Shanmukhasundaram

Swathi Shanmukhasundaram is an Indian born migrant and proud Tamil speaking woman who is forging her path as a lawyer, social justice advocate and community worker. She is a Youth Advisor and a Shout Out speaker at CMY, Create Change Fellow at Democracy in Colour and is a former Youth Parliament Premier. She tirelessly advocates for the promotion of mental health and menstrual health literacy in refugee and migrant communities through her own lived experiences by fusing her love for law, advocacy and community. Swathi is on a mission to help refugee and migrant communities understand and enforce their legal rights so they may flourish in a world free from fear, stigma and discrimination.

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Titan (Sebit Gurech)

Titan is a South Sudanese social justice advocate, recording artist, and overall creative most known for his work in organising the “Enough is Enough” protest against Channel 7, capacity and platform building within the African-Australian community and his continued role in speaking out against racial vilification. Titan is also passionate about discussing mental health within migrant communities, racial profiling, social cohesion, and the migrant experience and has done so on platforms such as Al Jazeera, ABC and VICE to name a few.

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