ABOUT US

We are an advocacy non-profit body that provides advice to government and capacity building to those who work with young people.

We work 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.

WHO WE ARE

MYAN is a national advocacy non-profit body that provides advice to government, capacity building to those who work with young people, and supports young people to be leaders at the national and international levels.

WHY WE EXIST

0 %
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 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

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

CAPACITY BUILDING

ADVOCACY

YOUTH LEADERSHIP

With broad national networks across sectors, our work includes:

  • Producing policy papers, submissions, data reports, practice resources and a regular eNews
  • Facilitating national conversations on policy issues;
  • Designing and delivering training and professional development,
  • Engaging in research partnerships,
  • Supporting young people’s leadership and advocacy skills to influence the national and international agenda,
  • Hosting national multicultural youth events,
  • Facilitating connections to MYAN networks across Australia.

OUR GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

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

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

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.

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).