Youth Work with the School of Imams


Certificate IV in Youth Work kicked off late last year with a very passionate group of people who are keen to build their youth work skills so that the volunteer and mentoring work they are already doing with young people in their communities becomes even more effective.

The training of this group is being conducted in partnership with Darebin Council Youth Services, who have made the Northland Youth Hub available for classes. The group is made up of 22 people from Somalia, Lebanon, India, South Sudan, Colombia, Ethiopia, with one indigenous student and one Anglo-Australian - a truly multi-cultural group and very reflective of the local community.

Image: Students studying Certificate IV in Youth Work, Northland Youth Hub 2019

We now also have a second student group made up of young men and women who are developing leadership roles in the Islamic community.  The young women are currently working at the MyCentre, Multicultural Youth Centre in Broadmeadows and the young men are in training to become Imams at the Preston Mosque.   They are mentored by two senior, very experienced Imams.  To explore key issues in the youth sector, the group took part in a number of intensive workshops during January, which included topics such as mental health, risk factors and vulnerability and engaging effectively with young people.

This is a unique initiative undertaken by the Northern Community Support Group to assist trainee Imams and Islamic community leaders to better address the increasingly complex needs of young people.  The initiative has the support of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and the Islamic Society of Victoria.  

New Futures Training is proud to be the training partner in what is believed to be an Australian first!

The image below, article published in the Northern News