COMPACT Program Funded Initiatives
"5 b4 5" Youth Leadership Program
NSW Auburn Islamic Cultural Centre (Auburn Gallipoli Mosque) in partnership with Gamarada Indigenous Healing and Life Training and local partners
Based at the iYouth Centre at Auburn Gallipoli Mosque, the project offers leadership, volunteering and peer support opportunities to enable young people to be leaders of a more resilient society. Completed in 2018.
All Year Round Community Engagement Program
AFL NSW/ACT in partnership with Settlement Services International, GWS Giants and Sydney Swans
The project enhances social cohesion through sport, connecting students, teachers, families and the community and creating strong peer connections.
Community Action for Preventing Extremism (CAPE) NSW - promoting resilience and responding to far-right extremism
All Together Now in partnership with Youth Action, Macquarie University and the Challenging Racism Project at Western Sydney University
The project increases community awareness of the dangers of far-right extremism by providing training for frontline workers across the state. See the CAPE website at cape.alltogethernow.org.au
Community FC (Inclusivity through Football)
Football NSW in partnership with Football Federation Australia, SydWest Multicultural Service, PUMA Australia Pty Ltd
The project supports opportunities for young people in metro and regional NSW to play, coach, lead, aspire and facilitate healthy activity and lifestyles through football. Community leaders act as ambassadors and mentor’s participants during the program.
Community Resilience Engaging Solutions Together (CREST)
Police and Citizens Youth Clubs NSW (PCYC Parramatta, Liverpool and Belmore) in partnership with the NSW Police Force Youth Command
The project breaks down barriers that prevent young people from engaging in sport, recreational, education and leadership activities in their communities and includes targeted proactive programs based on `good policing' not `more policing'. Completed in 2018.
CONNECT UP! - Youth against violence and racism
2Connect (formerly St George Youth Services) in partnership with Enough is Enough Anti-Violence Movement, Advance Diversity Services and PCYC St George
Working with police and community partners, young people from St George and Sutherland are recruited and trained in youth leadership, conflict resolution and anti-violence strategies.
Cultural Support Team
Youth Off The Streets in partnership with the Australian Multicultural Foundation
The project reengages disaffected youth in South West Sydney through assertive street work, outreach activities, educational workshops, camps, mentoring, case management and the creation of an advisory group in consultation with community leaders.
Girls Connectedness and Belonging through Discovery
Together for Humanity in partnership with Community Connect Central West, Auburn Giants AFL, Matana Foundation for Young People
The project is a schools program for girls involving games, discussions, storytelling, skill development and reflection on culture, communication, prejudice, justice/injustice, identities, and values. The project includes a reverse mentorship program for young women to engage with women in the workplace from diverse backgrounds, and a regional summit in Orange.
In League In Harmony
Australian Rugby League Commission in partnership with Moving Forward Together Association
The project uses sport, values workshops, skills sessions, harmony festivals, and a youth leadership program to unite youth from different cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds and empowers youth to be agents of change for a more cohesive society. See the project website at www.nrl.com/community/in-league-in-harmony
IQRA: Educating Young Australian Muslims
Lebanese Muslim Association in partnership with Islamic Council of NSW and the Living Turath Initiative
The project engages local scholars, international experts, community organisations and religious leaders to develop community resources to better educate and strengthen a sense of civic identity among young Australian Muslims.
Lighthouse Revive Project
Lighthouse Community Support in partnership with the iYouth Centre at Auburn Gallipoli Mosque, PCYC Bankstown, McDonald’s Restaurants, Human Appeal International Australia.
The project provides mentoring, life skills, employment and training and referral services to young people who may be isolated or engaging in negative behaviours.
The Middle Ground: Challenging Myths, Embracing Conversations
Muslim Women Association
The project uses participatory processes to develop insights, content and messaging, with an online hub and digital dialogues to engage communities, reduce polarisation and promote positive engagement and greater social cohesion. See the project website at middleground.org.au
Mobilise: Mobile Youth Rights Education Program
Save The Children Australia in partnership with the Art Gallery of NSW and Blacktown Arts
A leadership program that unites young people through their shared human rights. The Mobile Youth Van (MY Van) will deliver targeted capacity building workshops across Western Sydney to mobilise young people into positive action and active citizenship.
No Borders In Our Sky
Heaps Descent in partnership with the Multicultural Council of Wagga Wagga
A creative multi-artform project that brings young people in Wagga Wagga together to promote harmony and peace and tackle issues that threaten unity.
Savannah Pride (Regional)
Police and Citizens Youth Clubs NSW in partnership with Multicultural Council of Wagga Wagga, Wagga Wagga Basketball Association, NSW Police Force.
The project is based on a supportive community of mentors, educators, coaches and students engaging together around the sport of basketball. PCYC will replicate the program’s success in Blacktown in the growing multicultural community of Wagga Wagga.
Stories of Strength
Bankstown Youth Development Service (BYDS) in partnership with Canterbury-Bankstown City Council, Bankstown Poetry Slam, Sir Joseph Banks High School, Together for Humanity, and other local partners
The project provides young people with safe, creative platforms for voicing their passions and ideas – through the sharing of cross-cultural stories, individuals will feel a greater sense of agency over their lives, and communities are better equipped to see their combined strengths. See the project website at storiesofstrength.com.au/about/
Diversity Arts Australia in partnership with Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), Settlement Services International (SSI), FBi community radio
The project equips young people with skills in media and digital production to express their own communities and cultures through digital media and build an active counter-narrative to divisive narratives of hate and fear.
The Sydney 2020 Youth Challenge
Sydney Youth Connect with local partners
The project supports multiple youth councils across Western Sydney to address local and global issues through initiatives seeded under the guidance of community enablers in partnership with local change agents and volunteers.
The Sydney Statement (Building Bridges)
Columban Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations in partnership with Western Sydney University and Youth PoWR (Youth Parliament of the World’s Religions)
The project is led by young people with a commitment to concrete, interfaith action and will produce messages, resources, information and actions for ongoing interreligious dialogue. The Sydney Statement will provide a standard for implementing and measuring future interfaith activity across religious communities in NSW.
Shifa Institute in partnership with Muslim Women Association and the Asian Muslim Action Network
The project empowers young people to be effective agents of change in society by developing and enhancing their cultural and environmental stewardship skills and enhancing their positive communication through public speaking and creative and digital arts.
Young Humanitarians Project
Australian Red Cross in partnership with Multicultural Youth Affairs Network (MYAN), NSW Service for the Treatment of Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) and NSW State Emergency Service (SES)
The project harnesses the power of humanity through voluntary service and humanitarian action and channels the passions of young people into positive, constructive initiatives for change at the local and global levels.
Youth Led Social Cohesion Project
The project equips thousands of high school students with the critical thinking skills to be effective global citizens and drive positive change in their communities. Completed in 2018.
2017 NSW Youth Work Awards Nominee