Lawrence House Symposium, June 2019

On 5 June 2019, the Lawrence House, Scalabrini’s youth and child care centre, hosted a symposium to reflect and share knowledge around the concept of young migrants’ self identity and sense of belonging.  Young migrants face great loss and hardship. They have endured the struggle of leaving their home country, often without a choice, and are immersed in an unfamiliar, and possibly unfriendly, place.  These circumstances can have negative consequences on a child’s sense of self.  The Lawrence House Symposium explored how youth cope and build a sense of belonging.  Childrens’ art and stories were showcased and various speakers presented their experience in working with young migrants.

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