Date & Time
July 5, 2017 at 09:00

Edith Cowan University
Perth, WA



The Catalyst Youth Summit is an initiative organised by young people for young people. It is open to all young people from refugee or migrant backgrounds aged 18 to 25 living in Western Australia. The aim of the summit is to bring multicultural young people together to discuss issues important to them, create solutions and to directly express their opinions to politicians and other decision makers. The three-day summit program will include leadership and advocacy trainings, opportunities to hear from inspirational speakers and an opportunity to network with politicians, decision makers and form friendships with other likeminded young people.

The summit will be held over three full days from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th of July at Edith Cowan University – Joondalup campus. Applications are strongly encouraged from young people who:

  • have an interest in talking about current social issues that affect multicultural young people,
  • are passionate about new ideas and creating positive change, and
  • are active or want to be active community members.

There are 20 places for young people living in the regional areas of Western Australia (including the Peel region) and 30 places for young people living in the Perth Metropolitan area. A panel will assess applications on the 21st of April 2017.

The entire summit is free for all successful participants and will include morning tea, lunch and dinner for first two nights and a cultural dinner ceremony on the last night.

Accommodation costs for all delegates will be covered (if they wish to be accommodated as part of the summit experience). For metropolitan delegates, this will include the nights of the 5th and 6th of July (two nights’ accommodation); for regional delegates, this will include the nights of the 4th through to the 7th of July (four nights’ accommodation). Accommodation for all delegates will be twin share (sharing with another delegate of the same gender) at Beatty Lodge in Leederville.

All delegates will be taken by bus to and from the accommodation on the second and third day of the summit. Regional delegates will also have travel arranged to get to the summit on the first day and from the summit on the last day. Metropolitan delegates will need to make their own way to and from the summit on these occasions.

Regional delegates will also have all of their travel costs, including transfers paid for.

To apply for a place please complete the online application form HERE and submit by 4pm, Friday 7th April 2017. No late applications will be accepted.

Thank you to the Office of Multicultural Interests, Edith Cowan University (ECU) and Lotterywest for their sponsorship and support of the Catalyst Youth Summit.

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Hi! My name is Nessa and I’m 20 years old. I’m studying Journalism at Edith Cowan University, with a Public Relations minor. I am an avid reader, writer, traveller and cheerleader. I’m also a passionate advocate for the deafblind community, and for other types of disability. I’ve been on the committee of the Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN) at YACWA for a few months, and through them have developed a desire to become a YEP volunteer, as I want to expand my horizons.

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