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 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 had supported this initiative with the leadership of the immediate past chairperson, Kris Pavlidis, who said, “the program steers ECCV with 40 years of pioneering work towards a succession plan that is cemented into our governance structures securing our future.”  

    The Hon. Jenny Mikakos MP, Minister for Youth, officially launched the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) Intercultural Young Advocacy Leaders (IYAL) program on 23 May at Parliament House. Former ECCV Chairperson, 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”.



    IYAL Members

    Priority Areas:

    • Issues affecting culturally diverse young people

    • New approaches to advocacy

    • Youth Leadership


    Staff Support: Chris Christoforou


    Telephone: (03) 9354 9555