The Small and Emerging Leadership Communities (SELC) Project is aimed at building the corporate capacity of aspiring community leaders from small and dispersed communities of Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Eritrea settled in Western Sydney, particularly Parramatta, Blacktown, Nepean, Fairfield and Liverpool.
The innovative project incorporated tailored training to develop organizational skills, mentoring and peer support, collaboration with and for CALD communities. The program ran from August 2018 for three months and included mentoring as a means to acquire leadership skills and qualities.
15 emerging community leaders participated, with the project tailored to build on the passions of each participate, who now has the fire and skills to make a difference. Matched Mentors were a key feature in the SELC project that is often absent in other training/development programs.
The SELC project successfully increased the corporate capacity of community associations who participated in the project. It also strengthened relationships and network of the community associations and members like Darfur Community Association, Ethiopian Multicultural Action Human Rights (EMAHR), Tayitu Cultural and Educational Centre, Equatorial Community and Welfare Association and Eritrean Community Association.
Many of the graduates of SELC are still in development stage, progressing implementation of skills and knowledge gained during SELC training and mentorship.
The training ignited the passion within some of the participants: one participant established a women’s group; another participant was involved in the planning committee for a successful 3 –day forum in May 2019 which was co-led by SydWest and Initiatives of Change Australia; a third participant supported his community group to secure Club Grants in Blacktown to provide healthy breakfast for school children.
The SELC project is a partnership with Settlement Services International (SSI).
For further information, please contact the Settlement Services Team Leader Saurav Shrestha on (02) 9621 6633.