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.
Representing multicultural young people in leadership
Meet Wesley Chen, an inspiring Year 12 student and CMY Youth Advisory Group (YAG) member, who cares deeply about multiculturalism and inclusion.
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.
Ballarat’s Youth Award recipient champions diversity & inclusion
Meg now identifies as mixed race but she remembers a time where she was unaware that it was an option for her.
Exploring ideas of leadership as a young person in Gippsland
When Anesu reflects on what being a leader means, she envisions someone who takes control and inspires the community.
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.
Employment Empowers participant
Mentor-mentee match results in a warm welcome
The pair got together monthly, both in-person and online, and worked on essential skills to set Thawn up.
Community Support Group
South Sudanese radio program celebrates culture and connectivity
CMY’s Thuch Ajak hosts a weekly South Sudanese radio program, proudly supported by the Community Support Group, to give a voice to his local community.
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, including her medical degree.
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.”
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.
Multigenerational volunteer duo support young people in police custody
Zavier and his grandmother had talked many times about Sharon’s experiences volunteering with YRIPP, and it was something that had always captivated Zavier.
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.”
Winners of the 2022 Out-of-School-Hours Learning Support Program of the Year
“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.
Employment Empowers participant
Building career confidence and a diverse workforce
Asmaa is an Eritrean Australian, who was struggling to find permanent employment after completing her studies.
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