The Building a New Generation of Leaders (BNGL) program is a youth leadership project that connects young humanitarian entrants and vulnerable migrants with mentors to close the unemployment gap and improve social cohesion indicators.
This is a year-long youth leadership program that consists of: building hopes and dreams, teaching the tools for success, learning from over 70 leaders, accessing networks and connections and linking with mentors. The BNGL program is designed to increase the participants’ chances of success in life.
Having a ‘voice’, having a good education, having good support, having mentors – these will all contribute to developing individuals, enhancing social cohesion, building resilience and fostering the next generation of potential leaders. These will in turn become mentors and positive role models within their own communities and the general community.
The Alumni strategy builds community capacity through collective action community projects driven by the alumni and their networks and communities. It is designed to tackle local issues through volunteering to improve civics, citizenship and cross-cultural dialogue.
What a great and worthy cause for young people and our diverse cultural communities to come together on! In my BNG year, the participants represented many cultural backgrounds in Shepparton, including African Sudanese and Congolese, Afghani, Australian, Indian, and Aboriginal young people and their communities.
Many of them wanted to be involved in helping others after the year ended.
Thanks to FACEBOOK, our journey in the youth leadership program has been followed all over the world, including in the refugee camps, where the pictures and experiences have provided hope to others.
A Global Citizen strategy – a regional youth leadership development project that aims to discuss international and national trends and link them to education initiatives to enhance cross-cultural understanding.
Our Global citizen strategy includes the development of a regional Mandela Learning Centre. The Mandela Learning Centre proposal seeks to develop future leaders in education, training, innovation, social enterprise and intercountry cultural and business exchanges.
Future Voices has permission to use the Nelson Mandela name and has signed a Code of Conduct agreement with the Nelson Mandela Centre in South Africa.
We aim to develop better futures for refugee and migrant young people aged 15 – 25 years though: