Positive change starts with YOU!
Our Youth Leadership programs offer a range of opportunities for young people to get involved, connect with others, learn and develop skills, have your voices heard, and create positive change in your lives and communities.
- Anyone who takes any action to create positive change is practicing leadership
- There are many ways of practicing leadership – from every day actions to large-scale movements
- Leadership can be formal and informal – you don’t have to hold a formal position of leadership to have positive influence.
From FREE training workshops, to youth-led projects, to sports programs – check out the range of opportunities below to find one for you.
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Aspire to Lead
The Aspire to Lead team is working with schools to facilitate the 10-week workshop program online during the COVID-19 lockdown. Please contact the Project Officer for info.
A strengths-based leadership program available to schools in the City of Casey and Cardinia Shire. The program is designed for students who may experience challenges engaging with the school and the education environment. The program consists of workshops, group peer-mentoring sessions and events hosted by participants.
The program is run weekly for 10 weeks (during one term), and designed to be repeated with the support of previous participants as peer mentors.
CMY will collaborate with each school to either connect this program to existing and on-going programs within the school, or to implement it as a stand-alone program.
This program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
For more information, contact:
Engela van der Klashorst | Project Officer
E | firstname.lastname@example.org
M | 0436 620 187
ENVISION (currently recruiting youth volunteers)
EXPLORE provides an opportunity for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to have direct input into the research that impacts their lives. The project supports a partnership between young people and researchers in order to enhance the relevance and responsiveness of research (and post-research interventions) to young people. Find out more.
Mental Health Literacy Project (currently recruiting Community Leadership Group members)
CMY are running a Mental Health Literacy project in partnership with Orygen Youth Mental Health. The aim of the project is to design and develop, in partnership with young people and broader community, a range of resources to improve mental health literacy of young people and their families from Arabic, Vietnamese, Karen, South Sudanese and Pasifika backgrounds in the North West Melbourne area. Find out more.
Lead Yourself, Lead Others
Positive Change Makers
A co-design program with young people from multicultural backgrounds, which aims to address the stigma surrounding mental health and promote help-seeking behaviours. REVERB will amplify young people’s voices, share lived experiences to add depth and fresh perspectives to conversations about mental health. Find out more.
An innovative public speakers agency supporting young people to share their stories and perspectives with a wide range of audiences and help shift public discourse.
Our speakers have been trained and supported to deliver fresh, engaging and thought provoking perspectives as keynote speakers, panel members or emcees for a range of settings across Victoria. Find out more.
Women’s Sports Hubs
Western Young People’s Independent Network (WYPIN)
WYPIN is a youth-led group based in Melbourne’s west, working to develop programs that will benefit multicultural young people.
The network engages young people each year in a variety of programs that focus on capacity building, empowerment, engagement, advocacy and challenging racism in the community. Find out more.