Open Futures

An emerging leaders program for migrants, refugees and people seeking asylum in regional Victoria

Note: Applications have now closed.

Open Futures is a 6-month professional development program, focused on supporting early career emerging leaders from refugee, asylum seeker and migrant backgrounds working in their communities to support responses to COVID-19.

The program supports people who are:

  • aged 18-30
  • from a refugee, migrant or asylum seeker background
  • living in regional or rural Victoria
  • actively supporting migrants, refugees or people seeking asylum during COVID-19
  • interested in developing their professional and leadership skills

The program will commence in July 2021 and work with up to 12 emerging leaders.

Open Futures will include a series of 6 online workshops and two face-to-face workshops. Participants will also engage with a mentor who will be someone in a senior position within the multicultural sector with lived experience as a migrant, refugee or person of colour. The program will be delivered by Welcoming Australia in partnership with Neighbourhood Collective Australia.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Community leadership
  • Public speaking
  • Workshop facilitation
  • Addressing racism, bias and white privilege
  • Working effectively with your own cultural community
  • Bilingual and bicultural skills development
  • Community consultation
  • Advocacy
  • Community development

Applications have closed.

If you have any questions or would like help with you application, please contact:

Kate Steenvoorden



Open Futures is a partnership between Welcoming Australia and Neighbourhood Collective Australia.

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through the Priority Response to Multicultural Communities during Coronavirus (PRMC) program.