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.

    The Intercultural Young Advocacy Leaders (IYAL) program is a pathway for young people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds to develop advocacy, governance and leadership experience. The two-year program also provides ECCV with advice and input on matters affecting CALD youth in Victoria, adding another important voice for multicultural Victoria.

    IYAL is a sub-committee of the ECCV Board which helps connect ECCV with CALD young people across Victoria, while developing future leadership pathways within and between ECCV members. 

    ECCV ran a successful pilot of the IYAL program in 2018-19, bringing together a diverse group of 12 next-generation leaders aged 21 to 30. During the four-month pilot, the group received awareness-raising sessions to enhance their knowledge and skills of governance and leadership in our culturally diverse community. After a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program is back in 2021.

    Through a rigorous recruitment phase in early 2021, ECCV selected 12 young people with an interest in developing their experience in leadership and helping their communities. The IYAL group will help co-design the program to best reflect their needs and interests when it comes to leadership and advocacy. They will participate in workshops, training sessions and networking events throughout the two-year program. The participants will also interact and provide feedback to the ECCV board.

    Meet our 2021 Intercultural Young Advocacy Leaders here.

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    We are proud to recognise the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, as the first Australians, cultural leaders and traditional custodians of the land from which we advocate for ethnic community groups. We pay our respects to their elders, past & present.

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    Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
    Suite 101, 398 Sydney Road,
    Coburg VIC 3058
    Phone: (03) 9354 9555