The MYAN NSW hosted a Sector Development Fourm on Multicultural Young People and Homelessness on Tuesday 20 March 2012 @ The Hills Holroyd Parramatta MRC Inc.

Homelessness is increasingly being reported as a major issue confronting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in NSW.  This forum aimed to provide an opportunity to:

  • Find out more about services providing housing solutions and assistance to young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Hear about good practice programs and services
  • Navigate and find youth housing services online
  • Network with other services and organisations working with young people.

Presenters included:

Silvia Ruggeri, YConnect Worker, YFoundations

Silvia's presentation described what the Yconnect line is and how to access it, who can contact the Yconnect line, the age group of the young people who can access it and the different services that are provided by Yfoundations.

For more info go to: www.yfoundations.org.au


Michelle Westgate, Homelessness Resource Worker, Youth Accommodations Interagency Nepean (YAIN)

Michelle's presentation covered What is homelessness? What are

Specialist Homeless Services (SHS) services and support series that work with people at risk of homelessness or are homeless? How you can make appropriate referrals to SHS services. How to work more effectively with SHS providers it improve outcomes for young people at risk of homelessness or are.

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Emily May, Youth and Family Worker, Reconnect Program, St. George Youth Services

Reconnect is an early intervention service aimed at preventing young people from disengaging with their family, education or community. To achieve this, the Reconnect team apply a range of interventions, including individual counseling, family counseling, mediation, group work and case management. The vast majority of young people and families that engage with Reconnect at St. George are from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

The presentation focused on the ideas and practices that enable the Reconnect team at St. George Youth Services to support CALD young people and their families to negotiate problems and create new possibilities.  These ideas and practices include:

  • Working creatively and flexibly with young people to make visible their experience, skills and knowledge in how to get through tough times
  • Establishing networks of knowledge and support among the local CALD communities
  • Using a collaborative group work model to build bridges between CALD young people, local services, parents and communities.

An interactive approach to this presentation allowed space for participants to engage and respond to the ideas and practices presented. The experiences and knowledge of CALD young people and their families engaged in the Reconnect program will also shape and guide the presentation.

For more info go to: www.stgeorgeyouth.org


David Keegan, Training and Development Manager, Settlement Services International

This presentation provided participants with an understanding of the refugee settlement experience including the various visa types and entitlements of refugees when they settle in Australia.  It also explored why young people from refugee backgrounds become homeless.

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