Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra

A not-for-profit organisation providing mentoring, engagement and youth service to culturally and linguistically diverse students in the Illawarra.

Who we are

MCCI is a not-for-profit, regional organisation established in 1975 to represent the interest of culturally and linguistically diverse communities in the Illawarra.

Where we operate

Illawarra, Dapto, Port Kembla, Kiama, Shellharbour, Wollongong

Who we can help

Primary students, secondary students, refugee students, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse students

What we do

MCCI provides targeted support to young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including newly arrived refugees. We partner with a range of community, government and non-government organisations to provide services in aged-care, disability, community engagement, youth services and volunteering. MCCI Youth provides information and support to CALD young people including those with refugee or refugee like experiences. Our youth programs provide opportunities for engagement, skill development, mentorship, resilience building and life transitions. Our support takes into account the journey of the young person, their relationships within families and communities, and their cross cultural experiences.

Mentoring

MCCI provides a suite of youth programs delivered at schools and in community settings for young people from CALD backgrounds. MCCI youth programs are delivered by qualified and experienced youth workers. All programs can be delivered in schools or in community settings to groups of students. They may include excursions and guest speakers to enhance the learning experiences of the participants. Programs are delivered in weekly session and their duration vary from a few weeks to the whole school year. Course content can be tailored in consultation with the schools to better suit the needs and availability of the students. Specific mentoring programs include:

  • Links to Learning (L2L)
    This program targets students at risk of disengaging from learning and provides a range of personal development activities to build students’ confidence, learning capacity, communication skills and ability to navigate change
  • Accelerate HER for young women
    This program encourages young women to explore careers paths underrepresented by CALD women. It follows a strengths based approach for personal development
  • Multicultural Youth Development Project (MYDP)
    MYDP provides flexible programs on a range of topics including personal development, health literacy, life skills and wellbeing. This is an early intervention program which can be tailored to the meet the needs of the participants
  • Girls Circle for young women
    This course is designed to mentor newly arrived young women whilst addressing identified social needs.

Costs: Programs are individually tailored to meet the requirements of the target group or individual. Costs are dependent on the delivery mode and content. The indicative base cost is $39.40 per hour. Provision many need to be made for program materials and transport.

Engagement or Re-engagement Services

MCCI has been successfully delivering the Links to Learning (L2L) program to students from CALD backgrounds since 2001. L2L aims to assist students who are at risk of disengaging from learning. The program delivers a range of personal development and community participation activities designed to build students’ confidence, learning capacity, communication skills and their ability to navigate change. All these activities are designed to engage or re-engage young people with their learning environment, maintain peer relationships, and inspire the achievement of personal and education goals. This program offers the option for students to achieve the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award at the completion of the program. Young people identified by their school as being at risk of disengaging, can participate in the group work program, one day per week, during the school term. The program is delivered by two qualified youth work educators at the Lake Illawarra PCYC.

Costs: Costs are dependent on the delivery mode and content. The indicative base cost for a Youth Development & Support Worker is $39.40 per hour. Provision many need to be made for program materials and transport.

Youth Work Services

Multicultural Youth Development Project (MYDP) focuses on building the capacity of young CALD people around the areas of heath and self-care, general wellbeing, life skills, effectively navigating change, increase social connections and connections to support services. MYDP delivers a range of social inclusion, skills development, health literacy and life skills programs as well as holiday programs including:

  • Young Women Forum / GROW / Girls Circle
    All about young women’s health and wellbeing
  • Youth Conference
    A day of workshops to fill in the learning gaps and needs of youth who have been in Australia for less than five years
  • Pre-employment program
    This program includes hands-on sessions on interview skills and strategies, managing expectation and job readiness
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Art Projects.

All MCCI youth programs are delivered by qualified and experienced youth workers in schools or community settings. The programs are delivered to a group of students and may include excursions and guest speakers to enhance the learning experience. Programs are delivered in weekly sessions and their duration varies from a few weeks to the whole school year.  Content may be tailored in consultation with the schools to suit the needs and availability of the students.

Costs: Programs are individually tailored to meet the requirements and intended outcomes of the target group or individual. Costs are dependent on the delivery mode and content. The indicative base cost for a youth development and support worker is $39.40 per hour. Provision many need to be made for program materials and transport.

Contact details

Chis Lacey

chris@mcci.org.au

02 42297566

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