Newcastle Multicultural Youth Reference Group

Are you aged between 12 and 25?
Would you like to help make decisions, plan activities or events and have input into making local youth services better?

Hunter Multicultural Youth Network are providing an opportunity for young people to get more involved in contributing ideas and directing youth activities, events and services. The group will meet once a month.

By getting involved you will:
• Have your say on what’s important to you
• Develop new skills and experience for work, study & life
• Meet and work with like-minded people
• Contribute your skills and talents for community events like Youth Week, Harmony Day and Refugee Week.
• Help to promote youth activities to your friends and community

Send us an email or give us a call! We will send you an application form and talk you through applying.
Dale: – 0401 592 323
Laura: – 0428 006 471

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