Young people can encounter significant barriers as they try to settle in Australia. Alongside the challenges of growing up, they are figuring out how things are done and adjusting to unfamiliar cultural, academic and social expectations.
Their sense of wellbeing and belonging can be considerably diminished by factors such as racism and discrimination. These barriers are often compounded and magnified by services and systems that are ill-quipped to provide the specialist support needed.
Despite these complex issues, we know that young people have the enterprise, resilience and optimism to contribute to the continued prosperity of Australia. By engaging them as experts in their own lives and focusing on their strengths, they can be empowered to adapt and thrive.
We are currently working on two key projects in partnership with communities in the South East and North West regions of Melbourne:
Le Mana Pasifika Project
The ‘Le Mana’ (Empower) Pasifika Project is helping to build connected communities and a sense of belonging for Pasifika young people in Victoria.
South Sudanese Community Support Groups
CMY is the auspice organisation for two Community Support Groups, which provide support to South Sudanese young people and their families in Melton/Brimbank and Dandenong/Casey.