Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Hon Mike Nahan BEc MS PhD MLA

Former Treasurer; Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

Hon Tony Simpson MLA

Hon Tony Simpson MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth

    WA's multicultural youth are making their mark

    23/08/2016 10:00 AM
    • WA's first culturally and linguistically diverse youth summit report launched
    • Programs receive $66,750 funding from the Liberal National Government

    The voices of Western Australia's culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) youth have been recorded in a new report, which will be used to help shape the way public and community agencies respond to issues affecting multicultural youth.


    The report outlines recommendations from WA's first CaLD youth forum - the Catalyst Youth Summit, attended by 46 delegates from 22 countries - held in February 2016, which enabled young people to work together to create solutions for issues that affected them.


    The recommendations include the need for cultural competence training for CaLD youth-related service providers, and the importance of creating opportunities for young people from CaLD backgrounds to share their stories and have their voices heard.


    A new leadership program, called Shout Out, has also been launched, to provide media and public speaking training to young people from CaLD backgrounds, following feedback highlighting that young people prefer to speak for themselves.


    Both programs, run by the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network WA and supported with funding by the Liberal National Government via the Office of Multicultural Interests, aim to provide young people from CaLD backgrounds with the skills to become community leaders.


    Speaking at the report's launch, Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the Catalyst Youth Summit and the Shout Out program gave young people the skills and the forum to share their valuable perspective to further contribute to WA and its future.


    "It is essential we equip young people from CaLD backgrounds with the skills to contribute to economic, social and political development and positively participate in public discussion and decision making," Dr Nahan said.


    Youth Minister Tony Simpson said the summit and report were an example of the State Government working with young West Australians from multicultural backgrounds to find solutions to issues of importance to them.


    "West Australians can have great confidence in our future with our young people making such a significant and positive contribution to the community," Mr Simpson said.


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    Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister's office - 6552 5700


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