CREATING A BETTER AUSTRALIA THROUGH COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
8 July 2015 By Leadership Victoria
9 July 2015
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Twenty-seven people from nineteen different countries graduated from Leadership Victoria’s New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program (NECLP) last night.
The diverse group of graduates connect new and emerging communities across greater Melbourne including Afghan, Bangladeshi, Burmese, Indonesian, Nepalese, Pakistani, Somalian and Sudanese communities. The program has also created new networks between the participants and corporate, government and community organisations.
Program graduate Habib Manavi arrived in Australia from Afghanistan as a young, educated Hazara refugee. Since arriving in Australia in April 2014, Mr. Manavi has actively volunteered in his local community and said this program gave him new opportunities to create cross-sectoral networks and be supported by professional mentors.
"The program helped me to explore my own leadership journey. It was really a great experience. I feel empowered, enriched and accepted. I believe these kind of programs can connect and bring people together from diverse backgrounds to work together for a better future," Mr. Manavi said.
NECLP Melbourne graduates.
Richard Dent OAM, Chief Executive of Leadership Victoria, said the NECLP proved to be a valuable opportunity for potential leaders to gain a voice and learn to work within their communities and beyond.
“Before us now is a group of inspiring new leaders who have the confidence to take up informal and formal community leadership roles to help create a better Australia, and whose voices will be heard by everyone from government to the corporate and not-for-profit sectors,” he said.
During the three-month program, participants formed small groups to explore community issues and develop project plans with the aim of making a positive social impact.
One of the projects focused on the issue of young Muslims feeling isolated and removed from the broader community. The group is continuing to work together to connect city councils with young Muslims to engage, enlist and increase active citizenship in local communities. The group aims to hold its first networking event between key local councils and young Muslims mid-August.
Another group continue to meet with the mission to foster unity amidst diversity, through the promotion and celebration of cross cultural exchanges and interaction. The group of aspiring community leaders plan to hold a South Asian food and music event in Melbourne’s north-west suburbs later this year.
The NECLP is currently underway in Bendigo and will commence in Geelong in August 2015.
The New and Emerging Communities Leadership Program is funded by the Department of Premier and Cabinet
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