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 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 across Ballarat, Horsham and Nhill, that meet online 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 program in Ballarat/Wimmera at the beginning of each year.

Please register your interest by contacting:
Briana Morrison | 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.

We are currently looking for volunteers in Melbourne and around Ballarat. 

To become a volunteer, 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 suicides in the South Sudanese 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 was agreed upon by the young people running this project.

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

Social Events

CMY organises culturally safe social events throughout the year, across Ballarat, Horsham and Nhill.

In partnership with the Wimmera Development Association, The ‘Young G’ in Horsham get together once a fortnight to hang out, play basketball and get involved in training sessions. The Patch in Nhill offers a space for young people, particularly from the Karen community, to socialize, get creative, and have movie nights.

To join in, please get in contact with:
Angeli Atuesta | Project Support Officer
E | aatuesta@cmy.net.au
M | 0456 774 816