ABOUT US

Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia (MYAN) is an advocacy non-profit body that provides advice to the government and capacity building to those who work with young people.

Since our formal inception in 2007, we have been working in partnership with young people, government and civil society to promote the rights and interests of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds and ensure these are recognised in policy and practice.

We facilitate national connections between young people, academics, policy makers and practitioners, provide policy expertise, provide youth leadership opportunities and develop capacity building resources.

WHY WE EXIST

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 are entitled to. Their particular experiences and needs are distinct from adults and many of their Australian-born counterparts, and often go unrecognised within the broader youth and settlement sectors.

OUR STRUCTURE

MYAN has a staff team based in Melbourne, Victoria, a National Youth Ambassadors Network and a State/Territory Advisory Network. We facilitate a nationally coordinated approach to policy and advocacy on multicultural youth issues through our affiliated state/territory organisations and networks.

OUR VISION

Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds are supported, valued and thriving in Australia.

OUR PURPOSE

Be the leading national voice, with international influence, promoting the rights and interests of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in Australia.

OUR FOUR PILLARS

SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE LEADERS

A STRONG SECTOR

INNOVATIVE, EVIDENCE-BASED POLICY AND ADVOCACY

INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

OUR OBJECTIVES

Young people across Australia are engaged in the work of MYAN and influential within their own communities and with decision makers

Policy makers and decision makers understand and respond to the particular rights and interests of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds

Young people are supported by a strong, skilled settlement and services sector

MYAN influences policy and programming for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds through international work

OUR NATIONAL GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

MYAN Australia is auspiced by the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY) and overseen by a National Governance Committee. 

NATIONAL GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

VIC – Carmel Guerra (Chair)
TAS – Catherine Doran
WA – Sandy McKiernan
NT – Kwame Selormey
QLD – Kenny Duke
NSW – Alex Long
ACT – Justin Barker

Youth Ambassadors Network

VIC – Jane Chen
TAS – Mostafa Karimi
WA – Zahra Al Hilaly
NT- Mfaume Kakozi
QLD – Mary Maselina Harm
NSW – Maria Domina Augustine
SA – Chanceline Kakule and Fatima Tlaa

State and Territory Advisory Network

VIC – Duré de Winter
TAS – Jal David
WA – Zinab Al Hilaly
NT – Francesca Pellizzari
QLD – Nicki Stacey
NSW – Vanessa Chavez
ACT – Erin Barry

Staff

National Manager – Rana Ebrahimi
Youth Leadership and Advocacy Officer – Martika Shakoor
Policy & Advocacy Officer – Shannon White
Media & Communications Officer – Andrew Duong 
Communication & Engagement Officer – Ali Saha  

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 (NYSF) continues to be the benchmark for good practice with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds and in youth settlement and integration.

MYAN maintains broad stakeholder networks and relationships across Australia’s youth, settlement and multicultural sectors, recognising that various sectors all play a critical role in facilitating successful settlement outcomes for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

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.

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).