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March 2019 Issue
In this month's edition, we share our exciting Girls Leadership Program awards night, Cultural Diversity Week celebrations, our tribute to JJay De Melo and our involvement with the VicForum!

YAY's First Girl's Leadership Program Awards Night!

The Girls Leadership Program Awards Night was a remarkable event that celebrated and acknowledged the young women who participated in our empowering program. The day was made even more special as it was held on International Women's Day. We had the honor to have the Minister for Women and Youth, Hon. Gabrielle Williams MP, Federal Labor Member for Wills,Mr Peter Khalil, YAY Board member, Romany Amarasingham and Scanlon Foundation CEO, Anthea Hancocks inspire all who attended on a night where we awarded the incredible young women who participate in our program. 
Cultural Diversity Week Celebrations and YAY Tribute to JJay De Melo

Cultural Diversity Week is Victoria’s largest multicultural celebration, with an array of festivals and events held across Victoria.

Presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, the week invited Victorians to embrace and celebrate the state's cultural diversity with this year's theme of 'Proud to Belong - Your Generation Your Stories'. YAY were honored to be part of this year's festivities as we paid homage to our dear colleague, JJay De Melo. 

Premier's Gala Dinner

The Premiers Gala Dinner launched Cultural Diversity Week 2019, with an outstanding showcase of Victoria's multiculturalism and artistic talents through traditional and contemporary music and dance. On the night, our YAY dance group performed a dance tribute to JJay De Melo who tragically passed away earlier this year. It was a moving performance on a night where we were proud to show the cultural and artistic talent of JJay.

Photo Credit Jorge de Araujo, Artificial Studios
Cultural Diversity Week festivities come to an end...

Victoria's Multicultural Festival was the final celebration of Victoria’s rich and vibrant cultural traditions on the Cultural Diversity Week calendar. There were many diverse talents and performances on show from young, up and coming rappers, to Aboriginal Australian rapper, Dallas Woods and Circus Habesha. The YAY dance group performed a final tribute to JJay De Melo, with a vibrant and uplifting performance that had everyone dancing.
Polaron VicForum 2019
 
Polaron VicForum 2019 brings a range of entrepreneurs, businesses and communityorganisations together where they share their experiences, opinions and solutions on issues faced in culturally diverse communities. This year’s forum focused on health, digital, civic, legal and financial literacy with SBS Finance Editor and news presenter, Ricardo Gonçalves making an appearance. YAY Director, Ahmed Hassan was invited to speak on the civic and legal literacy panel sharing his youth perspective and solutions on the issue. 
Photo Credit: Polaron
Youth Week Kicks Off!
 
Youth Week starts this Friday 5th of April, find out what’s happening near you by visiting http://bit.ly/VicYouthWeek2019  

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