Multicultural Youth Roundtable

by Esther Lozano - Wednesday, 16 March 2016

ECCNSW Youth Chairperson Glen Falkenstein assisted in co-ordinating a Multicultural Youth Roundtable in the NSW Parliament last Friday, on the 11th of March, at the request of Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism, the Honourable Sophie Cotsis MLC.

Host representatives from the youth sector, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) representative bodies and service providers, discussed a number of issues including access to career and mental health services, access to education for asylum seekers, anti-racism strategies, social inclusion and the settlement of newly arrived refugees.
This was a productive and very diverse forum, where discussions regarding access to sustainable employment for newly arrived young people, access to fee exemptions for TAFE courses for young refugees, as well as access to resources for migrants and refugees to battle domestic and family violence, were identified as significant difficulties that young leaders addressed during the meeting.
The Hon. Sophie Cotsis MLC, also heard some of the challenges that the representatives of the young CALD communities raised that related to the social and financial barriers that young people are facing to access education, as well as the uncertainty about the funding provided to run projects with young communities. 
The Shadow Minister expressed her commitment to continuing to work on these issues, including take them to the State Parliament.
ECCNSW will continue to help facilitate this process and will ensure that the voice of young CALD communities’ are heard and acted upon.
Photos courtesy of SBS Radio