QPASTT, Woolloongabba, Australia
Little attention has been given to the impacts of providing young people from refugee background leader development opportunities to recover from their trauma. One of the strengths of young people from refugee background is willingness to be involved in leadership and attempt to be agents for change. The experience of the Youth Voice project of QPASTT is that young
people are motivated to bring change through leadership and advocacy when provided by mentoring and training opportunity to discover and find their own voice. They view leadership as instrumental to achieving social change and a platform to share their experience with others in the community. All through history, whether it was for eradicating slavery or overcoming social evils, social change has been impossible without empowering young people to become leaders.
Through settlement process young people with trauma experiences have use their leadership as a tool for healing in their trauma recovery process. They mobilize people by igniting passion towards a common goal and motivating people to act towards that common goal. Leadership had an impact on the collective young efficacy of the society; young people efficacy alone enhances
trauma healing as leadership had direct and indirect effects on their issues.
Fostering youth leadership is rarely reviewed in refugee trauma literature and is not often recognised as part of the trauma recovery process.
The paper explores the impact of leadership and empowerment of young people from the refugee background to integrate and settle successfully, and to support the trauma recovery process. Also, the presentation will examines and share some learnings from some of the initiatives that young people from the refugee background has been involved.