VASS provides a variety of services for young people from Arabic Speaking backgrounds, as well as those of Iranian, Kurdish, Turkish, Horn of African, and other CALD backgrounds. VASS’ Anti-Racism Action Band (A.R.A.B.) provided opportunities for learning, growth and self-expression for young people of all backgrounds, and promoted multiculturalism and youth leadership.
VASS recognises that the racism and marginalisation experienced by young people of Arabic speaking background in Victoria, particularly those of Muslim faith, can contribute to risk taking and other destructive behaviours that can impact on social inclusion, educational attainment, employment and physical and mental wellbeing. VASS encourages and supports young people to be leaders in the community and act as role models for positive behaviour.
The services we provide for young people include:
- Assistance finding employment and accessing education and training
- Referrals to other agencies such as housing, legal assistance and counselling
- Information about the Australian service, legal and health systems
- Work, volunteer and study experience at VASS and with other agencies