Australia’s second ever national youth summit for young people from refugee and migrant background, FUSE 2016 was held in Melbourne from December 6-9, 2016.
Working with the themes ‘Connect’, ‘Ignite’ and ‘Trail- blaze’, FUSE 2016 brought together 35 young people from across Australia to network with peers, share perspectives and ideas, and engage with experienced advocates, MPs and other decision-makers.
MYAN Australia Youth Ambassadors supported the planning and delivery of FUSE 2016. Delegates participated in a range of skills-based workshops and panel sessions, and heard directly from MPs, experienced advocates and decision-makers. Delegates connected with other young people and worked together over three days to develop ideas and explore key issues facing young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in Australia.
On the final day, delegates delivered group presentations to Senator Zed Seselja, Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, on key issues impacting refugee and migrant young people, including education, health, community and belonging, racism and discrimination, and youth leadership and empowerment.
MYAN Australia works from the premise that young people from multicultural backgrounds have unique experiences and knowledge, and should be supported to articulate the issues impacting on their lives and identify solutions. FUSE 2016 is designed to address these issues.