Supporting multicultural youth in rural and regional areas.

Our regional team covers Ballarat, Horsham and Nhill, and runs a variety of youth-led social and recreational activities, in-school student support sessions and school holiday 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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“Awa” intercultural choir project

Staying connected while physically distancing is a challenge we have all been facing in 2020.

We recently launched the “Awa” video clip (check it out below) which was the culmination of months of rehearsals with more than 60 participants from Ballarat, Horsham, Nhill and Ghana.

“Awa” is a traditional song from Ghana, with the lyrics (in the Fante dialect) translating to, “I’m excited to hug you” – very fitting for our current global situation. This intercultural choir project was delivered as a way of keeping young people connected through the COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria.

This project was supported by our Musical Director Stella Savvy of CocoSounds, with members of CMY Ballarat/Wimmera, video and sound production by Rex and Bella Hardware, and funded by Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Ballarat & Wimmera

Awa Intercultural Choir Project

Our Programs

Youth Advisory Group

The YAG provides an opportunity for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to have input into CMY’s work, including program development and speaking on issues that should be at the forefront. Find out more. 

Young Men’s Program

Young Men’s Group (YMG) is a fortnightly sport and recreational program for young people from all backgrounds. It aims to create a safe space for young men to create connections and challenge stereotypes of masculinity.

What is involved?

  • Fortnightly sport and recreational sessions that create positive discussions around health and wellbeing issues facing young men
  • Activities include soccer, gym, aquatic, and tennis sessions
  • Young men aged 12 – 25, from all backgrounds and all abilities can join

The Young Men’s Group is delivered in partnership between CMY and City of Ballarat Youth Development Team.

Get involved, contact Dimitri  on 0457 899 714 or join the Facebook group.

Girl Space

Girl Space is a program designed to meet the needs of young women in Ballarat aged 12-25. Sessions run fortnightly to create a dynamic network of strong, empowered and multi-skilled young women. Our aim is for young women and those identifying as gender-diverse to connect in a safe, social and inclusive environment.

What is involved?

  • Activities such as sports clinics, arts and crafts, cooking classes and community fundraisers
  • Inclusive of women of all abilities and encourages newly-arrived, Indigenous, LGBTQI+ and marginalised community members to be a part of Girl Space

The group is currently raising money to support their latest community project by creating care packs for children entering foster care, and are crafting hand-made items to sell to support this.

Girl Space is delivered in partnership with the City of Ballarat Youth Development Team.

Get involved, call Hayley on 0448 623 006 or join the Facebook group.

Lead Yourself, Lead Others

A project by multicultural young women, for multicultural young women. The program explores the intersection of racism, discrimination and gender in the creation of barriers to leadership and opportunity. Through the program, young women are empowered to develop and consolidate their leadership skills and capacities, and are then supported to practice leadership through the design and implementation of a youth-led initiative. Find out more.

Contact us


Ballarat Region

Barkly Square, 25-39 Barkly Street,
Ballarat East, VIC 3350

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(03) 5317 7172