Intercultural Young Advocacy Leadership (IYAL) Group

Ensuring the voices of young advocates have a platform for being heard and for participating in the improvement of public policy for future generations of culturally diverse community groups.

Priority Areas:

• Issues affecting culturally diverse young people

• New approaches to advocacy 

• Youth Leadership 

The IYAL Program Booklet

The Hon. Jenny Mikakos MP, Minister for Youth officially launched the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria (ECCV) Intercultural Young Advocacy Leaders (IYAL) program on 23rd of May at Parliament House. The ECCV Chairperson, Cr. Kris Pavlidis acknowledged: “the significance of the Minister’s support demonstrates great faith in the work of the ECCV and our Intercultural Young Advocacy Leaders program”.  

The IYAL program is a pathway for young people from culturally diverse backgrounds to develop governance experience and join the ECCV board of directors. ECCV ran a successful pilot of the IYAL program bringing together a diverse group of next-generation leaders who add another important voice for multicultural Victoria. During this four months pilot the young advocacy leaders received awareness raising sessions to enhance their knowledge and skills of governance and leadership in our culturally diverse community. 

The current board of directors have supported this initiative with the leadership of the chairperson, Cr. Kris Pavlidis who says “the program steers ECCV with 40 years of pioneering work towards a succession plan that is cemented into our governance structures securing our future.” An IYAL member said, “It feels good to see that Multiculturalism is supported by so many senior decision makers including politicians”

Staff Support: Robert Gruhn, Senior Policy Officer

Email: rgruhn@eccv.org.au 

Telephone: (03) 9354 9555