60 young women from multicultural backgrounds aged 15 to 24 take part in ‘Lead the Way’, a collaborative youth leadership initiative which supports the next generation of community leaders.
Social cohesion and community resilience are at the core of the one-year long program which includes workshops and coaching in personal development, self-care and balance, skills development, physical activity and sports, volunteering, community engagement and networking activities.
The youth initiative is funded by the NSW Government’s COMPACT Alliance Program and managed by MCCI in collaboration with the Office of Sport, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, SCARF Refugee Support and the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre.
This program had a big impact on the girls who attended. As a result of information and skills developed during the course, students from refugee backgrounds have been able to network, obtain employment opportunities, and mature dramatically in their self-awareness and confidence.
Teacher – Wollongong High School