Emerging Pacific Youth Leadership Program
Skills development

Emerging Pacific Youth Leadership Program

The LUCRF Super Community Program supported the SWMACC’s Emerging Pacific Youth Leadership Program (EPYLP) to empower and educate emerging leaders through collaborative forums, workshops and training during 2015 and 2016.

South West Multicultural and Community Centre
Emerging Pacific Youth Leadership Program
Jul 2015 - Jun 2016

Partner profile

South West Multicultural and Community Centre Inc. is a community-based charitable organisation that delivers services to residents in the Campbelltown area with a focus on Pacific Island communities.

This successful program continues to hold regular youth networking events encouraging participation in music, education, games and activities.

A strong team of mentors use a culturally appropriate approach to engage diverse young people from specific demographic groups and help them make a positive impact on the world. 

The EPYLP aims to:

  • provide a safe space for youths
  • promote open youth-to-youth communication
  • encourage a close-knit peer group 
  • build multicultural bridges
  • enhance leadership development
  • hold regular Youth Council meetings to explore local community/youth issues 
  • allow young people to transform feelings about issues affecting them into music, dance and performance, and
  • send a positive message throughout the community.

The workshops that EPYLP members are involved in include:

  • PACFest Mentoring Program
  • Multicultural NSW Youth Affairs Forums
  • Discover Your Purpose Leadership Program
  • National Student Leadership Forum
  • Pacific Unity Festival
  • White Ribbon Day Convoy
  • Vispera Girl Guides Visual and Performing Arts Narrabeen Camp

Selwyn's story

Rebecca's story

14-year-old Rebecca is half Samoan and half Aboriginal. Gifted in multiple fields, including sports and performing arts, Rebecca joined the EPYLP as a very shy young lady. 

The EPYLP has given Rebecca numerous opportunities to build her self-confidence and leadership skills. She recently performed the national anthem in both English and her Aboriginal language at a number of events, in front of crowds with up to 6000 people. 

Rebecca has received numerous awards and scholarships for both her academic and community- service achievements. In April 2016, she was elected as the youth representative for the NSW Council for Pacific Communities, the youngest person to have ever held this highly regarded role. 

Following the success of the EPYLP a second grant was made in 2017 to SWMACC for the Guiding Pacific Adolescents Program.

The NSLF experience was definitely an eye opener. Being surrounded by all kinds of people who I honestly wouldn’t really have hung around with before showed me how lucky I am. You can't put a price on true happiness and I am grateful for my modest upbringing because I may not have had a big house or heaps of cash but I always had love. I have met some inspiring and amazing individuals, and I look forward to sharing this NSLF experience with our community.

EPYLP member

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