Helen Kapalos shoots hoops and captivates our young women from the GLP



Helen Kapalos, an Australian journalist, TV presenter and current Chairperson of the VMC dedicated time to visit our bright, young women participating in the GLP last Friday night. Full of excitement and happiness to see the program, Helen was eager to put her basketball skills to show taking part with the young girls during the mini basketball games lead by Marta Hintsa, our GLP Program Coordinator. It was a very special moment for all the participants who were able to play alongside Helen and personally know her after speaking to them post-match. They heard of her inspirational and courageous life story, detailing the hardships and successes she encountered throughout her career. YAY were honoured to have such an influential, endearing and uplifting leader engaging with the young women in our program. Her captivating talk highlighting the importance of appreciating who they are as unique individuals and encouraging them to always remain fearless in life. 

The Age host a media training session for young media enthusiasts!

YAY were excited to have partnered with The Age who hosted a media training session for young people interested in gaining knowledge about media and journalism last weekend. 
The session was led by respected journalists in the field including news director, Michelle Griffin, crime and courts reporter, Erin Pearson and senior investigative reporter, Chris Vedelago. They detailed their career journey, describing the struggles and successes of working in the industry, gave advice on how to be honest journalists and how their stories can be respected in the media. The session was also a platform for the young participants who voiced their thoughts and concerns about the media and current experience working in the industry. The training session was a step in creating a dialogue between bright and young individuals in the community and The Age. It was fantastic to see the discussions and opportunities that arose from the day and thank all who were involved.


YAY Director Ahmed Hassan awarded Herald Sun's 25 Under 25 Rising Stars in Victoria

YAY is proud of Director Ahmed Hassan for his recognition in the Herald Sun’s 25 under 25 rising stars in Victoria. His tireless work and dedication to improving the relationships of community, government and industry are inspirational, especially for the next generation of leaders in the community to move and make the changes in their respective communities. Ahmed has a strong belief in closing the gap between potential and the opportunities presented to CALD communities who face challenges in their lives. He works extremely hard to promote these challenges facing the youth whilst countering the negative stereotypes. Ahmed works closely with government and industry to find solutions that will help CALD communities adjust to life in Australian society. We are delighted to have Ahmed chosen for this outstanding recognition, acknowledging the work he has achieved at such a young age.


Ali and Ahmed at the EEON Summit 2018 Enabling Diversity & Inclusion



CEO, Ali Ahmed and Director Ahmed Hassan were invited to facilitate discussions at the EEON Summit. Panellists came from industry, government and community to discuss what can be done to bridge the gap and help disadvantaged communities in the workforce. Ali and Ahmed shared their extensive experience in the community space, having established a successful not-for-profit organisation helping marginalised multicultural communities have a voice. Recounting what they have learned since launching YAY, Ali and Ahmed understand the best time to intervene is at the problematic age of 13-25, navigating and guiding them at these critical stages of young life would set them up for productive life thereafter. It was with profound conviction that Ali and Ahmed established YAY to solve the challenges facing multicultural youth through a holistic and evidence-based approach.

Celebrating success stories from the Victorian Chamber of Commerce & Industry Internship Program

Director Ahmed Hassan and CEO Ali Ahmed attended a VCCI cocktail party that celebrated successful, young people who have participated in the Victorian Chamber Internship Program and gained full-time employment. First established to help graduates from CALD backgrounds gain employability skills and create meaningful employment opportunities, the program has assisted many young people in the community.

YAY have been a proud partner of this fantastic program and we were proud to have our own youth recognised on the night. Royce Meneghini, was seeking an internship in the finance sector but was struggling to get his foot in the door. Since starting this program at VCCI, he has secured a full-time role in their finance department. We are very proud of Royce’s achievements and thank VCCI for providing these opportunities and assisting our young people to start their professional careers.


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