About Us

MYAN NSW is the first state-wide multicultural youth specialist organisation. We engage, connect and build the capacity of the youth, settlement and multicultural sectors to effectively meet the needs of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. We support the development of young people’s skills and networks to engage in advocacy and influence the regional, state and national agenda.

What does the MYAN do?

The MYAN NSW works to develop appropriate policies, strategies and resources that address multicultural youth issues at the local, regional and state-wide levels.  It does this through consultation with youth and family services, the multicultural sector, state and local government, and multicultural young people.

The Network is made up of community workers from the youth and multicultural sectors and government employees who currently support multicultural young people and their families.  

The MYAN NSW use the term multicultural young people refers to those who are newly arrived, young people from refugee backgrounds and Australian born young people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

The role of MYAN is to:

  • Coordinate information and action on issues affecting multicultural young people and their families state-wide.
  • Provide input and respond to government and other policies and practices affecting multicultural young people.
  • Advocate for multicultural young people to the local, regional and state-wide levels.
  • Support and resource services working with multicultural young people e.g. training, workshops and forums.
  • Participate in the MYAN Australia, the national policy and advocacy body that represents the rights and interests of migrant and newly arrived young people.

How has MYAN NSW evolved?

Youth Action (then YAPA), the peak youth body in NSW, established MYAN in 1993 as the NESB Youth Issues Network NSW in response to the need for a Network to advocate for multicultural young people’s needs and issues at a state level.  Since then, the Network received funding from the then-named Department of Immigration & Multicultural Affairs (DIMIA) and employed a Multicultural Youth Development Officer at YAPA until 2002.  In October 2002, YAPA did not receive funding from DIMIA for the Project Officer position. The YAPA Board of Management made a decision to continue to support the MYAN financially and resources a Project Officer for four hours a week to facilitate MYAN. 

In 2010, YAPA in partnership with the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia (MYAN) to employ a part-time State Coordinator for 12-months who started at Youth Action in March 2010.  This project was then extended by Youth Action and MYAN Australia until August 2011.   

The name of the Network changed from the Multicultural Youth Issues Network NSW (MYINN) to the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network (MYAN) NSW in September 2010.

New funding for MYAN NSW was received from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), with a shift in focus of the role and activities of MYAN NSW. A Project Manager was appointed in April 2013. In December 2014 MYAN NSW was incorporated and functions as an independent organisation.

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Further Information

MYAN Factsheet PDF