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Emma Grammenos photo resizedCreative Youth Initiative employs a Student Support Coordinator who manages all of the intake and referrals to CYI.

Mission Australia's CYI program accepts self-referrals as well as referrals on behalf of young people from agencies such as accommodation services, employment services, mental health services, youth centres, Juvenile Justice, or from people in the community that know of a young person interested in CYI.

Eligibility Criteria 

The young person must:

    • be 16-25 years old
    • have an interest in arts and/or music
    • be willing to get creative and participate in the program

The Referral Process

To apply or make a referral to Mission Australia's Creative Youth Initiative program is quite simple and outlined below:

  1. Please contact the Student Support Coordinator (SSC) to express interest in the program and to ask any questions you may have. The SSC will then provide you with a CYI referral form to be filled out and returned with information containing reason for referral, contact details and preferred course.
  2. The Student Support Coordinator will contact the young person or referring agent to confirm that the young person is still interested in applying for the program. An enrolment interview will then be arranged between the SSC and the young person (a support person is welcome to attend as well).
      • The induction visit usually takes around an hour and it allows the young person to see and find out more about CYI. It also allows the Student Support Co-ordinator and the young person a chance to talk about any issues they are facing and how CYI can support them.

Semesters start in February and July of each year.

Contact Details

Emma Grammenos
Student Support Co-ordinator
Creative Youth Initiative
19 Denham St
Surry Hills NSW 2010


Ph: 02 9356 8897

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