MYAN at Metropolis 2018

MYAN was excited to present a workshop at the International Metropolis Conference in Sydney this week. The workshop was titled “Listening to young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds: Youth voices on participation and empowerment”, and featured four of MYAN’s Youth Ambassadors sharing their personal journeys as well as insights into ways to support young people to take up opportunities in leadership and advocacy. The workshop included a Q&A session, allowing conference participants to “dig deeper” into the young people’s views and experiences, facilitated by Andrew Cummings from MYAN Australia and Hannah Lai from MYAN NSW.

MYAN also launched an important new resource at the International Metropolis Conference. Not Just “Ticking a Box”: Youth participation with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds is a new publication which serves as a comprehensive guide for good practice in engaging and enhancing the participation of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. This resource aims to help organisations consider ways they can support and enable young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to participate in decisions that affect them. Converging theory and practice, the resource includes a participation model outlining barriers, opportunities and ways to address barriers to the participation of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, examples of good practice through national and local case studies and a practical top tips and checklist section.