The stories of CMY and our people
Get to know the people at the heart of our work…from amazing young people, to passionate volunteers and staff working to ensure that young people have every opportunity to succeed in Australia.
An interview with the 2021 Mary Danckert Youth Intern, Stacey Mendes
“Working with young people has always been a passion of mine.”
Fitzroy Youth Homework Club – Young Assets Foundation
The Young Assets Foundation (YAF) is a youth led organisation established and run by Mubarek Imam and other young people from the City of Yarra housing estate.
On cultivating self-esteem and self-expression for CALD young people
Helping young people flourish in Australia
“When I arrived in Australia I struggled in school, my English language skills were limited, I was bullied and teased for being African. I also struggled to balance my culture, family responsibilities and expectations and a new culture.”
“Being a multicultural country is something to be proud of, not something to make fun of.”
“When working with young people there is always hope for a better outcome”
Kerry Mentha tells her story as a YRIPP volunteer
Youth Advisory Group
Streetwear start-up born out of Gippsland YAG
Kuku created his own streetwear label to represent the diverse African youth of Gippsland, and beyond.
Sumayya gives back through her new children’s book
When Sumayya stopped working due to the pandemic, she picked up writing creatively again and by the end of the year she had written her first book.
Shout out speaker
Mohamed Semra talks about systemic racism
Mohamed has been through the Australian education system and says, “it’s not built for me.”
Volunteer Dewan shares lived experience and builds skills through Ucan2
“I have a better understanding about the rights and life journeys of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.”
Employment Empowers participant
The building blocks for a career in the construction industry
“This program has opened my eyes and I now look at the industry in a more professional way, I learnt how to portray myself as a professional and how to fit into the industry, skills you don’t pick up at university,” Hadi says.
Community + connection key to coping through COVID-19
For Sobur, maintaining connections with community and focusing on the positives was key to coping through COVID-19.
“It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done”
Elli Bradshaw shares her experience as a volunteer Independent Person for the Youth Referral and Independent Persons Program.
Le Mana Pasifika
Le Mana Pasifika fosters a sense of belonging during COVID-19
The Le Mana Pasifika crew have been engaging their community online to keep them connected and healthy through COVID-19.
Community Support Group
Opening doors for South Sudanese youth
Aben arrived in Australia a couple years ago and has managed to successfully find his feet in this new society.
What knowledge do we need, to practice socially-engaged Visual Storytelling?
Story originally posted by Madz Rehorek on the Young Initiators blog.
Employment Empowers participant
Breaking down barriers to employment
“Two years ago it was really hard for me; to fit in, to learn how things worked here and the culture. I knew nothing about anything, it was so complicated,” Ngot M. Athuai.
Game Changers attract more multicultural women to sport
Game Changers was designed for young women from multicultural and refugee backgrounds, who are passionate about promoting diversity in sports.