Our Regional Presence Project team covers the Ballarat region and close surrounds, and runs a variety of youth-led social and recreational activities, in-school student support sessions and training programs to empower and connect young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

We work closely with local services and volunteers to build their capability in providing inclusive and appropriate programs and services for multicultural youth.

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Our Programs

Youth Advisory Group

A passionate bunch of young people from Ballarat who meet once a month. YAG have input into CMY’s work, including program development and speaking on issues that should be at the forefront.

We recognise young people as experts in our work to ensure they are understood, accurately represented, and influential in Australian society.

We recruit new Youth Advisors for our YAG at the beginning of each year.

Please register your interest by contacting:
Briana Morrison | Senior Multicultural Youth Worker
E | bmorrison@cmy.net.au
M | 0448 623 006

Tiaal Mi Goa

Our Youth Advisory Group have identified mental health as one of the most prominent issues young people in the community are facing today. In particular, those from migrant and refugee backgrounds are finding it difficult to discuss mental health with their parents – and parents have advised us they want to learn more about this too!

A series of recent youth suicides in the community have prompted young people to say “enough is enough”. Youth Mental Health Ambassadors from CMY Ballarat have partnered up with Headspace Ballarat’s Youth Reference Group to come up with a culturally safe, community based mental health plan. ‘Tiaal Mi Goa’ translates to ‘good mental health’ in the Nuer language of South Sudan and Ethiopia, and was agreed upon by the young people running this project.

Thrive Cast

‘Tiaal Mi Goa’ is proud to announce the upcoming release of ‘Thrive Cast’, a mental and social wellbeing podcast aiming to destigmatise and demystify mental health and support.

Their most ambitious project yet, ‘Thrive Cast’ is designed, produced by, and elevates the voices of young people. A diverse team of 20 young people will be creating a podcast that speaks to their unique challenges surrounding mental health support, chatting about difficult topics, providing ways to connect to support services and building healthy and inclusive communities.

‘Thrive Cast’ has been made possible thanks to Multicultural Arts Victoria and supported by VicHealth through its ‘Future Healthy: Future Reset’ program.