Multicultural NSW Youth Scholarships 

Multicultural NSW in partnership with the ECCNSW and Western Sydney University, hosted the 3rd Advancing Community Cohesion Conference (ACCC) in Parramatta’s City campus from the 10th – 13th February 2020. The Conference was facilitated by Professor Sev Ozdowski AM OAM FRSN, Director of Equity and Diversity at the University.

The Conference was enjoyed by over 300 people and focused on the political, religious, social and cultural aspects of cohesion. ECCNSW were grateful to receive a grant to cover all expenses for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) regional youth to attend the third Conference of its kind. With this grant, ECCNSW were tasked with the responsibility to source and assess CALD youth leaders from regional areas. During this period of recruitment and assessment, measures were implemented to find the appropriate youth to attend the Conference who would benefit from disseminating the knowledge obtained and incorporating it within their daily activities for the benefit of their regional community.

Regional youth scholarship recipients - Marc Roppolo (Illawarra), Tenzin Kunsal (Central Coast), and Dhondup Yultze (Central Coast)

Nevertheless, the scholarship was taken up by 5 regional CALD youth, and the funds paid for their costs incurred by them for travel, food accommodation and attendance at the Conference. The youth were a great addition to the Conference, demonstrating the presence of emerging leaders working with CALD people in the regional communities.