Resource centre.

On this page you will find links to external support services that we recommend if you are in need of support. You can also access various iEmpower and external recommended publications on this page.

Homelessness Support

If you are experiencing or at risk of homelessness, you can find support at the following webpages:


Community Health Support

Melbourne City Mission – Homelessness – Justice

Kids Under Cover

Alcohol and Drugs Support

If you are in need of help and support for alcohol and drug related issues, you can find support at the following webpages:


Health Victoria

Direct Line

Vincent Care

Mental Health Support

If you are in need of mental health support or assistance, the following links are to organizations and support services that can assist you.

If you need help now, call lifeline on
13 11 14 (24HRS) or 000 if it is an emergency.


Mind Australia


Beyond Blue


Settlement Services

For assistance with settlement services, we recommend the following organisations:





Life Without Barriers

We provide a range of services with sustainable outcomes for young people of diverse backgrounds

Publications and Media.

Empowering Youth Initiatives

iEmpower launched Scrubs in a bid to tackle the problem of youth unemployment. The Federal Government through the Department of Employment devised the ‘Empowering YOUth Initiatives’ scheme whereby services providers could propose innovative schemes to assist 15-24-year old’s to become more employable or ultimately employed.

You can read more about the Empowering YOUth Initiatives Scheme here.

Annual Report 2017-2018

Publication: iEmpower 2017-18 Annual Report

Publication date: 20 November 2018

21 April 2018

Article: The African-Australian success stories you’ve probably never heard, by Joe Hinchliffe, The Age

“In 12 years time I’d like to see African-Australians in Parliament, I’d like to see African-Australians in boards, in management positions, I want to see African-Australian people not only playing in the highest level in sport, but also African-Australian becoming scientists, doctors.” – Ahmed Dini

15 February 2018

Video: Lost boys: who are the African youths behind the headlines? – by Andy Park, ABC News

“After a summer of violence and heated political debate, Andy Park spent ten days with the South Sudanese community in Melbourne to find out who about the African youths behind provocative headlines.”

13 January 2018

Article: Melbourne’s African community ‘hammered’ by media, meeting told – by Georgie Moore, The Age

“I think, over the last few weeks, we have seen the effect of … social disadvantage, disengaged young people creating havoc and creating significant problems. There is not a crisis in this state in relation to crime or the behaviour we’re seeing of a relatively small number of people of African background,” – Abeselom Nega

Publication: Rebuilding Shattered Lives, Produced by the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc
Publication: Youth Justice Review and Strategy, Penny Armytage Professor James Ogloff AM
Publication: Australian Mosaic: FECCA, June 2011
Publication: Australian Mosaic: MakIng It Work: Cultural and linguistic diversity and employment, FECCA, 2013