Southern Migrant and Refugee Centre

Mentoring Program

The SERMRC Refugee and Migrant Youth Mentoring Program

How will the funds be used?

The Refugee and Migrant Youth Mentoring Program provides social and academic support for refugee and migrant secondary school students in the City of Greater Dandenong and City of Casey. This innovative program matches mentors with newly arrived young people who are in need of a helping hand. The program participants are drawn from a range of cultures including southern Sudanese, Congolese, Liberian, Afghan, Burmese and Iraqi. The majority have survived decades of conflict in their home countries and have spent extended periods living life 'on-hold' in refugee camps. The primary objective of the program is to reduce early school leaving by engaging young people in a range of activities and providing valued support and guidance.

The Refugee and Migrant Youth Mentoring Program boosts the participants' self-esteem, enhances their support networks and is also extremely rewarding for the mentor who plays a key role in the young person's life. This program makes the young people feel respected, accepted and connected which has an extremely positive effect on their attitudes, relationships and progress with their studies. The mentors also strengthen their links and understanding of the Australian lifestyle and culture and broaden their knowledge of the opportunities that are available to them in Australia.

The program is run by the South Eastern Region Migrant Resource Centre in Dandenong, a not for profit community organisation.

Key Areas of Expenditure

Sports equipment
Day trips
  • School text books
  • Uniforms

Contact Details

39 Clow St

Are donations tax deductible?


Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.

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