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

Speak Up

Recruiting young people aged 14-30 from refugee or migrant backgrounds to co-design and deliver our new program, Speak Up, which will be designed to promote gender equity among multicultural young people across Victoria.

Being a Speak Up volunteer is an opportunity to come together with passionate, like-minded people, be recognised for your leadership, share your unique identity and experiences, learn about gender equity and promote awareness and solutions to other young people.

For more information, please contact:
Angeli Atuesta | Project Support Officer
E | aatuesta@cmy.net.au
M | 0456 774 816

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.

For more information please get in touch:
Briana Morrison | Senior Multicultural Youth Worker
E | bmorrison@cmy.net.au
M | 0448 623 006