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Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare


Mohamed Semra – The Co-Founder at Endeavour Youth Australia and the 2020 AMAA Youth of the Year; Mohamed is a social entrepreneur and award-winning advocate working to shatter the stigma and misconceptions of CALD communities.

Julia Coscolluela – Youth Worker at Brimbank City Council; Julia was a young Filipino migrant who came to Australia in 2015 when she was 15. Her current role as a young worker allows and inspires her to support other young people and amplify their voices.

Martha Metuisela – Youth Ambassador for the Le Mana Pasifika Project and 2017 winner of the Victorian Multicultural Commission Youth Award; Martha has a Tongan background. The program she managed tries to highlight CALD young people’s potential and inspire them to participate in the local communities.

Danielle Farah – Youth Facilitator at the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare (Panel moderator)

Key Messages

  • The forum was powerful and thought provoking as the speakers brought forth discussions around social justice and equitable access to opportunities in Australia.
  • They emphasised the need to recognise biases, structural inequalities, and racial discrimination. All of these play out in different ways for different people and contexts.
  • Furthermore, they informed the sector about strategies to facilitate and increase accessibility to services for CALD young people, and particularly for those who have recently arrived.
  • Finally, they reflected on the importance of cultural engagement and discussed opportunities for young people to stay connected and have a sense of belonging.

Watch the video here –

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