Open Futures

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

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

The program will commence in July 2020 and work with up to 12 emerging leaders living in regional Victoria.

Open Futures will mostly be facilitated online through a series of nine 3-hour workshops. Topics include:

  • Effective Communication and Collaboration
  • Self Awareness and Emotional Resilience
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Addressing Racism Effectively
  • Process Design
  • Workshop Delivery
  • Advocacy insights

Participants will also engage in a mentoring relationship with a Commissioner from the Victorian Multicultural Commission through the duration of the program.

Applications have now closed and the participants will be announced in the near future.

Commissioner Shankar Kasynathan


Open Futures, funded by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, is a partnership between The Open Exchange and Welcoming Australia.