Starting life in a new country can be a challenge, but a volunteer can make it easier for young refugees to make Australia home.
Ucan2 is a partnership between AMES Australia, the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) and Foundation House. Ucan2 supports young people (16-24 years) who are newly arrived to Australia and from a refugee or migrant background.
The Ucan2 program is delivered with the support of committed and passionate volunteers who share their life experiences and skills with young people and help them make informed decisions about their education and career pathways. This is especially important for young people as they transition from learning English to studying and working in the wider community.
Former Ucan2 volunteer, Jane Pirouc, said “the most rewarding part of volunteering for Ucan2 has to be all of the amazing people I have met. Whether they have been students, other volunteers or the facilitators. The stories, smiles and surprises, which everyone brings, have made every class different.”
Over the past year alone, Ucan2 volunteers worked with over 200 newly arrived young people in Melbourne, to feel supported in discussing their goals and identifying education and career pathways.
Becoming a Ucan2 volunteer requires a commitment of 2.5 hours one afternoon each week over the course of a semester. CMY provides training to all volunteers and ongoing support.
For more information or to apply to become a volunteer, please visit http://cmy.net.au/ucan2.