Crafting Your Future

Crafting our Future

The Multicultural Youth Network (MYN) comprises 15 young people of culturally & linguistically diverse backgrounds residing in Greater Bendigo. The MYN has identified a need for an opportunity to help young people understand the different pathways that exist to get to their dream career as well as a way to network with other young people from  the broader Greater Bendigo community.

To address this need and to celebrate  Victorian Youth Week (26 June-2 July 2021), City of Greater Bendigo (CoGB),  Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services (LCMS), and the Reach Foundation have partnered to develop and deliver Crafting Your Future: a day-long  workshop for young people (aged 15 – 25 years ) to identify pathways to achieving their career dreams; and to expand their friendship and social support networks. The CoGB Youth Council are also contributing to the design and delivery of this project.


The workshop will be facilitated by the Reach Foundation (based in Melbourne) delivering their 1-day program called ‘Diverge’. Please watch this video to learn more:  . Reach has been working since 1994 with young people from all walks of life to increase their confidence, skills and capacities. They have a youth-led approach where all  programs are designed and delivered by young people for young people.

‘Diverge’ is a chance for a young person to hit pause and explore where they are right now and have some time and space to meaningfully decipher where they want to be moving forward to. The pressure on young people to know what to do with their lives can feel huge, so ‘Diverge’ carves out time to understand that feeling, and to take participants on a journey to identify and explore their dreams and how that may translate into the real world.

The workshop is delivered by Reach’s highly-skilled youth facilitators and has a focus on exploring young people’s passions and will include the opportunity to meet mentors face-to-face. A diverse group of local mentors (estimated 10) from different industries will be invited to attend 2 hours of the workshop in the afternoon to share their stories with young people about their journey and how they got to where they are today. They will have the opportunity to share their skills, experience, and lessons learned. Having a targeted approach, these mentors will be recruited by invitation to fill out an online Expression of Interest form. Having Working with Children checks will be compulsory for  mentors.

Bendigo Community Health Services (BCHS) is supporting the ‘Diverge’ workshop by providing a qualified and experienced Wellbeing Support person  via  Headspace Bendigo for the duration of the workshop. According to Reach, ‘Diverge’ engages young people in some challenging conversations to help them explore their passion and pathways going into the future; therefore, it is important to have a Wellbeing Support person present on the day because young people might need support as they speak of their challenges and life stressors.


Workshop Agenda:





Arrival, Registration & Morning Tea

10am – 12pm

Morning Session – Finding your passion 

12pm – 1pm

Lunch & Networking

1pm – 3pm

Afternoon Session – Connecting with Mentors 

3pm – 3:30pm

Afternoon Tea & Networking

3:30 – 4pm

Reflection / wrap up