Youth af­fairs in fo­cus

North Coast Weekender - - News -

THE Youth Af­fairs Coun­cil is hop­ing young peo­ple from refugee and mi­grant back­grounds will ben­e­fit from next week’s State Bud­get.

The coun­cil’s pre-bud­get sub­mis­sion said youths of­ten found it dif­fi­cult to seek help from ar­eas such as the health sys­tem be­cause care providers lacked the nec­es­sary cul­tural un­der­stand­ing.

It sug­gested a $1 mil­lion com­mit­ment to­wards a train­ing strat­egy for Govern­ment de­part­ments and port­fo­lios deal­ing with cul­tur­ally di­verse young peo­ple.

The coun­cil looked to give mi­grant youth the op­por­tu­nity to raise these types of con­cerns through its Cat­a­lyst Youth Sum­mit at ECU Joon­dalup ear­lier this month.

The three-day event, be­ing held for the sec­ond time, had del­e­gates from a va­ri­ety of back­grounds build­ing re­la­tion­ships and rais­ing so­cial is­sues im­por­tant to them.

Darch res­i­dent Fatema Shalemie (20) helped or­gan­ise the 2017 event af­ter be­ing a del­e­gate last year.

Ms Shalemie said her at­ten­dance at the 2016 sum­mit was one of the first times she saw the power of bring­ing to­gether a di­verse group of youths to tackle shared prob­lems.

“Events like Cat­a­lyst re­mind young peo­ple that their con­cerns are valid and cre­ates a sense of be­long­ing,” she said.

She said there was a lack of op­por­tu­nity for refugees and mi­grant youth to have their voices heard in WA com­pared with the east­ern states.

“WA of­ten gets left out,” she said. How­ever, that in it­self cre­ates a de­mand for a col­lec­tive call for ac­tion.

Nom­i­na­tions for this year’s awards close to­day.

Visit to nom­i­nate.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d471175

Youth del­e­gates Zainab Zaki, Her­i­tier Kasanda, sum­mit or­gan­iser Fatema Shalemie, Sabrah Im­tiaz and Li­aqat Sul­tani.

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