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Calling on young people to have their say

CMY is keen to hear from young people, whose views will shape a key Victorian Government policy.

Young people are invited to have their say on issues such as transition from education to employment, mental health and community connections.

Feedback from young people will be used to shape the Victorian Government’s new Youth Policy, which aims to increase government support for young people, particularly those of disadvantaged backgrounds. 

“Young Victorians’ ideas will be at the centre of this new policy to make it as relevant as possible and to help disadvantaged, and disengaged youth get the support they need to thrive,” said Victorian Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos.

New mentoring program to assist students

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds will receive extra support to help them reach their potential, under a new Victorian Government pilot program.

The student mentoring pilot, coordinated through the Department of Education and Training, will equip tertiary students to work with secondary student mentees. Mentors will also receive scholarships of $3,000 towards their studies.

The program will also cover grants to expand existing mentoring programs that are already being run by community organisations across Victoria.

An advisory group has been established to select an organisation to provide the program.

YRIPP volunteer receives national recognition

CMY congratulates Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP) volunteer Phillip Bachelor for receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia.

Phillip Bachelor was awarded in recognition of his commendable service to the community, environment and cemetery management.

Phillip has been a YRIPP volunteer since 2009, supporting young people in police custody. In addition to that, he is a community representative on the board of Paramedics Australiasia and serves on the board of Focus Foundation.
He has served as a Rotary Club president, as well as various local and overseas aid projects.

CMY wholeheartedly congratulates Phillip and is proud to have such incredible individuals volunteer with us.


Matija Barisic Oration

Join the Australian Red Cross for a special evening of multicultural stories, panel discussions and music as part of the annual Matija Barisic Oration.

This year, in recognition of the International Day of Peace, the event will honour the humanitarian contributions made by members of our community.

Date: Thursday, 24 September
Venue: State Library of Victoria

Victorian Young Achiever Awards

The awards acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age. Click here for more information.

Nominations close on Friday, 11 December.

Lecture Series for Asylum Seekers

The University of Melbourne invites asylum seekers to attend a lecture series on important issues in modern and historical Australia, including language, community development, human rights and Indigenous histories.

The series are aimed to be an introduction to Australian society.

Date: Monday evenings, 5.30 - 7.30pm in September and October
Where: Room G08, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham St, Carlton VIC 3053

In the Media

Jobs for Youth Campaign

Recent evidence indicates that there is a youth employment emergency in Melbourne’s inner north. In response, the Inner Northern LLEN launched its Jobs For Youth Campaign

As part of this campaign, the organisation has featured the personal experiences of young people trying to find their way on the path to employment.


Sexual Health Information for Young People

Family Planning Victoria have released a suite of resources on sexual and reproductive health information for young people. Key titles also available in different languages.

Family and Domestic Violence Support Pack

The Department of Social Services has developed a family safety pack in 22 different languages, with information on Australian laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage.

Building Social Cohesion

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government has developed an interactive resource to help local governments build strong, socially cohesive communities. It features case studies on local governments that have built social cohesion, particularly in culturally diverse communities.

Settlement Statistics

Settlement Resources

The Department of Social Services has released two new resources:

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