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 ECCV 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.
ECCV ran a successful pilot of the IYAL program in 2018-19, bringing together a diverse group of next-generation leaders who added another important voice for multicultural Victoria. During the four-month 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 IYAL program was launched on 23 May 2018 at Parliament House.
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. It is made up of 12 young people aged 21 to 30 from CALD backgrounds, selected for two years.
As young people face mounting challenges and uncertainty due to COVID-19, the ECCV is working with relevant stakeholders to redevelop and relaunch the IYAL program to address the current challenges and harness new opportunities to support and empower young people from CALD communities.
Recruitment of young leaders for the 2021 program has closed and we look forward to working with them in the next phase of the program.
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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.