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A statewide program exploring leadership, values, culture, community and active citizenship.


The Young Initiators project, which CMY delivered during 2019-2020, used the Victorian Values Statements as a springboard for young people to connect with others, consider the issues they are passionate about, become active citizens and make positive change within their communities.

It comprised a series of leadership intensives, youth-led projects and a social media campaign featuring a blog and Instagram channel, sharing the incredible things young people achieved as part of the program, as well as highlighting other inspiring people from around the world.

The project culminated in Reflect – by Young Initiators, an online showcase of ideas, interviews, videos, images and performances, focused on connecting and reflecting with young people across Victoria, during the height of the COVID-19 lockdown.

Read more in the Young Initiators Final Infographic Report

The Young Initiators Project was funded by the Victorian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet, Multicultural Affairs.

Want to know more?

To find out more about this project and the incredible young people who are initiating change in their communities, follow Young Initiators on Instagram.

You can also reach out to CMY’s Youth Leadership team at: youthleadership@cmy.net.au

July 2019

Who is a Young Initiator?

Young Initiators

Exploring values and initiating change

“We spoke about our values and we shared stories and experiences, especially around discrimination.”


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