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.
Taking it day by day with Kimberly Wadyehwata.
Regardless of where you are in the world, the fire inside you will continue to burn.
Learning from each other: Volunteer journeys with Ucan2
Daniel and Sohaila have been volunteering with Ucan2 once a week and share their experiences of learning and growth.
Learning curves and breaking convention.
Understanding perseverance, the importance of developing your own set of values and morals and exploring different perspectives.
Fulfilling learning on the job
Mohamed Ahmed is a Somalian man who is a film buff and a big fan of puzzles.
Researching with peers: A volunteer’s journey with Explore
Michelle Lim has been an Explore youth researcher since 2022 and has already had her hands full with opportunities.
Youth Advisory Group
From struggling to flourishing
Thu Nguyen is a member of our Ballarat Youth Advisory Group. Not only that, but Thu is also a volunteer for Speak Up and Tiaal Mi Goa.
Youth Advisory Group
Two sisters finding purpose together
Alaynah and Arissah are two determined sisters.
Rewarding connections: A volunteer’s journey with Ucan2
Angeline Karvinkop has been volunteering with UCAN2 for over a year and a half and has found it a rewarding experience.
Expressing pride in yourself, and family
Maxwell Leuga is a proud Samoan man with a passion for sports.
Shout out speaker
Finding connection in community
Mamuch Chuol is an athlete, student and leader who above all cherishes connecting people within his community.
Le Mana Pasifika
Harmony Youth Summit
The Harmony Youth Summit brought together young people from Māori and Pasifika communities to share their perspectives on the challenges they face today.
The importance of small interactions over time
Passionate volunteer Michael has been actively involved with YRIPP for over a decade.
An interview with Ikram Mahamed, CMY Youth Intern
An interview with 2022 Youth Intern, Ikram Mahamed, who worked on Seat at the Table, ABC Takeover Melbourne and other CMY programs.
Representing multicultural young people in leadership
Meet YAG member Wesley, who cares deeply about multiculturalism and inclusion.
Empowering diversity: a volunteer’s journey with Employment Empowers
Ballarat’s Youth Award recipient champions diversity & inclusion
Exploring ideas of leadership as a young person in Gippsland
Meet Asanga, CMY’s newest Board Director
Asanga Seneviratne is a young person, CMY Board Director, and Adviser at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Mentor-mentee match results in a warm welcome
Community Support Group
South Sudanese radio program celebrates culture and connectivity
University lecturer helps newly-arrived young people in his free time with Ucan2
Hossein Shokouhi is a university lecturer and a dedicated volunteer for Ucan2, a program run in partnership with CMY and Foundation House.
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.”
Giving young people the tools to find employment
Like many young people who seek refuge in Australia, Rahaf had to put her entire life on hold.
Multigenerational volunteer duo support young people in police custody
Sumayya gives back through her new children’s 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.”
Employment Empowers participant
Building career confidence and a diverse workforce
Asmaa struggling to find permanent employment after completing her studies.
“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.