SCARF Youth program supports young refugee entrants to thrive in their new communities.
Young people from refugee backgrounds have experienced significant disruption and months or years of uncertainty before arrival in Australia. Then, they’re faced with another challenge: rebuilding their lives and transitioning to adulthood in a new country where everything, from language to school, is unfamiliar.
The SCARF youth program aims to build capacity and confidence in young people from refugee backgrounds (aged 12-24 years) during their transition to life in the Illawarra, Australia. As a part of this program, SCARF facilitates targeted initiatives promoting well-being, personal development, social engagement and positive leadership.
SCARF youth activities include a range of social, recreational and educational initiatives. SCARF regularly consults young people from refugee backgrounds to ensure activities are relevant and supporting current interests and needs. As a result, our Youth activities are regularly updated.
In the past, activities have included belly dancing and drumming workshops, social hangouts at Sifters, theatre improvisation classes, art, music and dance classes, choir, First Aid Courses, leadership sessions, team sports, personal development camps (for boys and girls), surf and swimming lessons, sight-seeing trips, picnics and social outings.
In 2018, SCARF launched ‘Let’s Lead’, a leadership program delivered in partnership with Cameron Brown from Explore Discover Act.
Why the SCARF Youth Program matters
'Let's Lead' Youth Leadership Program
On March 3, 2018, the ‘Let’s Lead’ program was officially launched following a pilot program in 2017. ‘Let’s Lead’ is a leadership project for culturally and linguistically diverse youth (particularly refugee youth) offering opportunities for personal development, cross-cultural learning and community engagement. The program will aim to develop an ability to lead in daily thoughts, words, and actions through monthly workshops. SCARF has partnered with Cameron Brown from Explore Discover Act for the delivery of the program.
Supporting SCARF Youth
SCARF relies on support from the wider community to deliver our Youth Programs. There are many ways you can contribute, including volunteering, holding a fundraiser, or donating to SCARF.