The MYAN NSW’s second Sector Development Forum: Multicultural Young People and Transitions was held Tuesday 22 March 2011, 9:30am to 12pm @ Granville TAFE.

The Forum hosted speakers and highlight best practice from across the youth, education and multicultural sectors to talk about how young people navigate transitions, whether it be education, employment or learning new skills through sport and recreation. The morning also provided opportunities for discussion and included a Networking morning tea.

The speakers on the day were:

Speaker 1: Jane Wallace, Refugee Student Programs, Multicultural Programs Unit, NSW Department of Education and Training

Transition support for refugee and humanitarian students in high schools

Many refugee and humanitarian entrant students have experienced significant disruption to their education or have had little or no schooling prior to enrolment in an Australian school. As a result, they face great challenges in education and training. Some refugee students make a successful transition from their initial intensive English program to high school and complete their senior schooling. However many refugee students, particularly those with low levels of literacy in their first language, struggle to acquire the language, literacy, cultural knowledge and concepts required to succeed across the high school curriculum. In addition, many refugee students have limited understanding of the range of education and employment options available. In collaboration with universities, government and non-government organisations supporting refugees, the NSW Department of Education and Training has developed a number of programs to support refugee students in transition from intensive English programs into mainstream high school and to help them plan their transition from school to further education, training or employment. This session outlines the nature of support provided for students at a number of the participating schools.

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Speaker 2: Mustapha Bangura, Youth Employment and Education Worker, SydWest Multicultural Services Inc.

Youth Education and Employment Program

Mustapha will present information about the Youth Education and Employment Program at SydWest Multicultural Services Inc. The presentation will include a overview of the project, the characteristics of the target group and their needs, the project delivery model, the challenges and some recommendations for running programs for youth education and employment.

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Speaker 3: Assmaah Helal, Community Coordinator, Football United

Football United aims to build capacity of communities, and improve the skills of people, in diverse and disadvantaged areas that includes high proportions of refugee, migrant and indigenous children, youths and families. Assmaah will present about the Football United Programs which have successfully engaged refugee and newly arrived young people in sports to help them transition and to feel more included in their communities.

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STAR Basketball Recreation Presentation an great example of a youth developed organisation and project that is helping refugee young people.

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