ABOUT US

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN Australia) is the national peak body representing the rights and interests of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, and those who work with them. MYAN works in partnership with young people, government and civil society to promote the rights and interests of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. MYAN facilitates national connections between young people, academics, policy makers and practitioners, providing an important policy perspective, capacity building resources and youth leadership opportunities.


 Since our formal inception in 2007, MYAN has facilitated a nationally coordinated and consistent approach to addressing the rights and needs of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in policy and service delivery. This includes our capacity building work with Australia’s states and territories to support the development of MYAN-affiliated structures. Now, MYAN (Australia) has affiliates in every state and territory, and is a recognised national advocacy body providing policy advice, capacity building activities and supporting young people to be leaders at the national and international level. 

WHO WE ARE

MYAN is an advocacy non-profit body that provides advice to government, capacity building to those who work with young people, and supports the development of young people’s leadership and advocacy skills.

WHY WE EXIST

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of all young people in Australia aged 12-24 are either first or second generation migrants (ABS, 2016)

This group of young people have enormous potential to be active participants in Australian society, but often face particular challenges in accessing the support and opportunities they need. Their particular needs, distinct from adults and many of their Australian-born counterparts, often go unrecognised as they are a sub-set of the broader youth and settlement sectors.

OUR STRUCTURE

MYAN has representatives from each of Australia’s states and territories and is supported through a national secretariat and Youth Ambassadors Network. MYAN facilitates a nationally coordinated approach to policy and advocacy on multicultural youth issues through its affiliated state/territory organisations and networks.

The structure, activities and capacities of MYAN’s affiliated state/territory networks/organisations vary across Australia. MYAN supports the development of the state/territory networks and organisations through its state/territory capacity building work. This work serves to strengthen the national work of MYAN Australia, as well as the work of its state/territory networks/organisations.

OUR VISION

That all young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds can access the support and opportunities they need to be active citizens in Australian society.

OUR WORK

POLICY

ADVOCACY

CAPACITY BUILDING

MYAN works in partnership with young people, government and the non-government sectors to promote the interests of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, and to support a targeted approach to addressing these in policy and service delivery.

We support the development of young people’s skills and networks to engage in advocacy and influence the national agenda.

We undertake a range of policy, advocacy and capacity building activities including:

• producing policy papers, data reports, resources and a regular eNews
• designing and delivering training and professional development,
• engaging in research partnerships,
• hosting national multicultural youth events,
• facilitating access to MYAN networks across Australia.

We support the development of MYAN networks in each of Australia’s states and territories.

OUR GOVERNANCE

MYAN Australia is auspiced by the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) and overseen by a National Executive Committee. The National Executive comprises of representatives from each of MYAN’s state and territory member organisations.  The National Executive reports to the Board of CMY. Click here to find out more.

OUR EXECUTIVE
VIC – Carmel Guerra (MYAN Chair)
TAS – Gillian Long
WA – Ross Wortham
NT – Kwame Selormey
QLD – Kenny Duke
NSW – Valentina Angelovska
ACT – Justin Baker

YOUTH LEADERSHIP & ENGAGEMENT

MYAN supports the development of young people’s leadership skills and networks to create change in their communities and engage in advocacy to influence the national and international agenda. We do this through our national Youth Ambassador’s Network (YAN), our bi-annual national multicultural youth summit, FUSE, supporting young people to engage in advocacy opportunities with government and in national conferences and consultations, and hosting the International Refugee Youth Leadership Scholarship.

SECTOR DEVELOPMENT

MYAN undertakes a range of sector development activities to build the capacity of policy makers and service providers to best meet the needs of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. These include training and professional development, webinars, conference presentations, national teleconferences and national consultations. The National Youth Settlement Framework continues
to be the benchmark for good practice in youth settlement and integration. MYAN maintains broad stakeholder networks and relationships across Australia’s youth and settlement sectors, recognising that various sectors all play a critical role in facilitating successful settlement outcomes for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

MYAN shares its expertise in the international arena on youth policy and programming for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. This has included engagement with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) headquarters in Geneva, the Compact on Young People in Humanitarian Action and in the Asia-Pacific region through the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).

PRACTICE & KNOWLEDGE HUB

A sector hub for comprehensive training and practice resources. Coming soon.