S5: Engaging with Young People

Time: 11:55am – 12:45am
Location: King Room
Clement Meru, Community Engagement & Disability Services Manager, SydWest Multicultural Services

5.1 Power of Sport

Herman Lotey
Australian International Sports Organisation 

About the presentation

Founded in 2018, the Australian International Sports Organisation is a business in the sports industry.  Our presentation will showcase the specific multicultural engagement programs we conduct and the positive impact this has had on local communities and various organisations.  We will focus on the importance of sport and how sport can create a bridge between communities and help foster social cohesion. We will provide real life examples of the communities we work with and the impact our programs have had on their experience in living in Australia. We will also showcase our diverse and growing field force team and the impact we have had on their individual growth and development.

About the presenter

Herman has over 10 years of professional experience working in the sports industry. An experienced leader in sport with strong networks with Government organisations, businesses and community leaders. His work with Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia was recognised as it won the Australian Multicultural Marketing Media Awards 'Sports Category' for 2 years. Herman is also the founder of the Winter Cricket Cup. The WCC is a T20 cricket tournament that runs during winter in Sydney. Over 500 players from 24 clubs take part in the competition. Herman also is a board member of the Usman Khawaja Foundation working alongside Australian cricket Usman Khawaja.

5.2 Sports Inclusion Project

Jake Ross
Core Community Services

About the presentation

The project aims to improve migrants & refugees' knowledge of Australia through sport, facilitate direct engagement with clubs and build confidence for effective community participation. The objectives of the program are to contribute on a local level to:

  • support vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals from targeted community groups to participate in flexible, community-based sport and physical activity projects; and
  •  increase acceptance of diversity, build inclusive communities, and assist vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and families to develop social links through sport and physical activity.

About the presenter

Jake Ross is a Sports Coordinator at Core Community Services

5.3 'Leading the Way' with the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Rebecca Collins & Ian Walker
Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra & The Office of Sport 

About the presentation 

For 17 years the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra's passionate youth workers have delivered the Award to almost 500 culturally and linguistically diverse young people in the Illawarra Shoalhaven region - with one Participant and Award Leader invited to meet the Royal Family in 2005 for their efforts!  In this presentation learn how the Award's flexible framework is being delivered through a cross-cultural and community centered lens to develop the next generation of multicultural community leaders. Presenters Rebecca Collins and Ian Walker will share why MCCI started the Duke of Ed and how communication and cultural barriers were addressed in this best-practice community engagement example.

About the presenters

Rebecca Collins is a youth worker for the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra. She has over 15 years' experience as a Duke of Ed Award Leader delivering the Award to culturally and linguistically diverse young people.

Ian Walker is the NSW Executive Officer for the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - Australia (NSW). He has lead the NSW Duke of Ed Division, coordinating a small team of staff to support over 14,000 young people, 700 Award Leaders and 400 organisations who participate in the Award every year.

5.4 In our own terms: Successes of multicultural youth engagement in the Youth Ambassador Program (MYAN)

Vanessa Chavez
Multicultural Youth Affairs Network NSW

About the presentation

To identify best practices of authentic engagement when supporting culturally diverse young people, MYAN NSW as cultural youth specialists, will reflect on the recent participatory evaluation of its Youth Ambassador Program (YAP). The YAP creates a culturally safe space for multicultural young people to connect with each other to build skills, knowledge, networks, and confidence to engage in their community on their terms.  The successes of multicultural youth engagement strategies were brought to light through a 6-month long ‘meaningful evaluation’ approach over 2021 and 2022. The evaluation project highlighted how youth-led programs supported by MYAN NSW’s specialist knowledge impacted young people’s lives while also foregrounding how technology can be used to meet needs of multicultural young people in a ‘COVID-normal’ environment. Through the YAP which has been informed by MYAN NSW’s specialist knowledge multicultural young people reported to have built confidence and self-esteem as culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse young people, feeling connected to and participate in opportunities for civic engagement. 

About the presenters

Vanessa Chavez works as the capacity building manager at MYAN NSW. Vanessa is a passionate social justice advocate and her experience spans the multicultural engagement, research and evaluation and sector development sectors. Vanessa has worked as a community engagement specialist and project manager across a number of organisations including  private sector, NGOs and local government. 

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05 Oct 2022

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