KYC is proud to announce our recent office relocation to the Melbourne Aboriginal Youth Sport and Recreation Co-Operative (MAYSAR)
For the past 20 years, KYC has embarked on a journey for full independence. In line with KYC’s values, we are pleased to be housed within an iconic Aboriginal-owned building of truth-telling and history that has provided space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to connect, be inspired and lead self-determined lives. KYC is dedicated to supporting Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and the broader Aboriginal Community Controlled sector, which work directly with Aboriginal young people across Victoria. With MAYSAR as our home base, KYC will continue to deliver support, connection, resources, mentoring, youth advocacy and policy updates catered to young mob.
Since the 20s, Aboriginal people moving off missions, such as Cummeragunja, steadily rose. By the 50s, Fitzroy was home to the largest community of Aboriginal people in Naarm (Melbourne). Over the years, Fitzroy became a meeting place for Aboriginal people especially where Stolen Generations Survivors reconnected with family. Fitzroy is where movements were born in The Koori Club, created in the 60s by Lin Onus for young people inspired by the Black Power Movement. Storytelling and culture thrived at Nindeebiya Workshop. Atherton Gardens become a pivotal place for connections between people. Activists and community leaders gathered at the Koori Information Centre. The community stood up for our rights by establishing the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS). Fitzroy was also home to Australia’s first Aboriginal-controlled Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS).
KYC is proud to create impactful change for young people in the legacy of the community leaders and workers, grassroots activists, championship-winning athletes, and staunch artists who established and passed through MAYSAR. We are dedicated to working in their footsteps for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and the wider Koorie community at the heart of Aboriginal Fitzroy, where our political and civil rights movements began.
To learn more about the history of Aboriginal Fitzroy, you can download the Yalinguth app and hear Elders and community leaders speak about important landmarks, organisations, figures and events here.