Youth

The MIC assists newly arrived young refugees and family stream migrants to successfully settle in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Assisting young people to reach their full potential

Young people from refugee and family stream migrant backgrounds face challenges when they settle in Australia including low English language proficiency and for many refugee youth, disrupted schooling and years of displacement prior to their arrival in Australia.

The MIC’s Youth Settlement team provides casework for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds aged 12 to 25 years. We work with young people at local schools, at their homes and from one of our offices.

We also provide a range of programs and activities especially for young people, including: young men’s and young women’s groups, employment programs, driver education programs, homework groups, sports programs and holiday programs.

For further information or to make a referral, please contact us.

For information on group programs, see our monthly calendar of events.

Click here to express interest in our future programs.

Please ensure that you write the name of the program you are interested in so we can inform you when and where the activity will be held once we have confirmed all the details.

Please check “Our Events” for each activity.  If the date has been finalised please complete the Registration Form rather than the Expression of Interest Form.

MIC Youth Video

The MIC youth video was developed from a project that involved up to 15 young people aged 12 to 22 years from refugee backgrounds who live, play and/or study in the Shire of Yarra Ranges. 

The project involved supporting participants to identify challenges commonly faced by young people in the initial months of their settlement in Australia (specifically in outer eastern Melbourne) and to think critically about what they wished someone had explained to them when they first arrived.  The young people then developed short videos with the assistance of a local youth-media company, United Youth Media, who worked with the group to develop, film and edit the videos. 

The videos developed are hoped to increase feelings of social connectedness among newly arrived young people in their initial months living in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne by providing them a resource with relevant advice and information that is pitched directly to them by their peers who have had similar experiences.

The video you watch today is the culmination of 10 sessions of brainstorming, story-telling, script-writing, storyboarding, filming and editing.  There are a total of four films that were developed as part of this project, covering the following languages: Karen, Zomi, Hakha Chin, Burmese and Thai.

 

Youth Outreach

MIC youth workers provide one day outreach on a weekly basis at MELBA College, Yarra Hills Secondary College, Ringwood Secondary College and Blackburn English Language School (Maroondah Campus).

Please contact us if you would like one of our youth team to visit your school or educational institution in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

Homework support programs

We offer homework support programs to secondary school students at three libraries in Croydon, Mooroolbark and Ringwood. Our trained staff and volunteers assist students to satisfactorily complete their homework and improve their written English, reading and comprehension skills so they can keep up with their peers.

Our homework support programs not only assist  young people to do their homework; they help them develop study skills and study routines and provide opportunities for them to make new friends and build social skills. All programs are facilitated by MIC staff and trained volunteer tutors.

All homework groups run every week during the school terms.

For further information or to become a volunteer tutor please contact us.

Employment Workshops and Assistance

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Employment workshops are designed to provide young people with the skills to secure full-time or part-time employment. Our employment program for youth consists of three information sessions, two workshops, skills training and a workplace visit.

Information sessions are provided on resume writing, finding and applying for jobs and interview skills, followed by resume writing and interview practice workshops. Skills training includes Barista training and/or First Aid training.

Young Men’s And Young Women’s Programs

Young men’s and young women’s programs are aimed to address issues young people from a refugee or a migrant background are facing in their initial settlement. The programs are designed to increase young people’s resilience, cultural awareness, self-esteem and emotional well being through self-reflection, anger management and effective communication skills.

Youth Swimming Programs and Beach Excursions

image2Eight week swimming programs and beach safety excursions are conducted in partnership with Life Saving Victoria aiming to increase young people’s water safety knowledge.

Driver Education Program

The MIC facilitates a three day Driver Education Program to assist young people to understand road rules and obtain their Victorian Learners Permit. Young people who attend the program and pass their learners test receive a total of ten subsidised driving lessons to assist them to gain a Victorian Drivers Licence.

Youth School Holiday Programs

School holiday programs provide opportunities for young people to see their friends, learn something new and have fun at the same time. Local services are invited to provide information sessions.

Indoor Soccer and Volleyball Tournaments

Eight week competitions are carried out annually, to strengthen the relationships between youth communities and link them to local sports centres. Programs are aimed to increase the health and well being of young people.

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More information

For further information or to make a referral, please contact us.

For information on group programs, see our monthly calendar of events.

Randika
0448 314 052
rwijekoon@miceastmelb.com.au

Jessica
0457 597 043
JessicaT@miceastmelb.com.au

 

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