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Key updates from MYAN
We are excited to introduce our new team members at MYAN!
Martika Shakoor - Youth Leadership Advocacy Officer
Martika (she/her) lives on the unceded lands of the Kulin nation. As a second generation Afghan Australian, Martika is passionate about bringing light to the barriers and challenges that multicultural communities face, acknowledging that they are the agents in their own lives and communities, and that having them at the forefront of the work in sustainable, intentional and meaningful ways is necessary. Martika has great experience working within the youth, justice, First Nations and multicultural sectors. Throughout her different roles, she has been involved in community initiatives, capacity building and advocacy.
Dr. Ali Saha - Communication and Engagement Officer
Ali (she/her) is a first generation Indian-Australian who landed in this country to do a PhD. She works in the multidisciplinary field of media-sociology and constantly looks into issues of multicultural relevance and representation on the different media platforms. She has worked with youth from different countries and believes in empowering the youth so as to bring a positive social change in the society. Ali brings more than ten years of experience working with and for minorities and multicultural communities. When she is not working, you might find her painting, dancing, or travelling.
Diana Milena Lopez Duque - Volunteer
Diana has more than ten years of experience as a Scientific Journalist and Digital Communication Specialist. She has significant capabilities in content generation
to support the brand positioning of organisations for their internal and external stakeholders, with specialised skills in digital content, graphic design and audiovisual production. She loves developing content for technical and scientific purposes.
Launch of the MYAN/Deloitte Access report
COVID-19 and young migrants - impact and solutions
  We are excited to invite you to the launch of the MYAN/Deloitte Access report, COVID-19 and young migrants - impact and solutions on Tuesday 17 August 1.30 - 3.00 PM AEST. 

We are honoured to have Alison Larkins Coordinator-General for Migrant Services, Department of Home Affairs joining us to celebrate the launch. David Rumbens, the Deloitte Access Partner and Innes Willcox, Chief Executive, Australia Industry Group, and Chairperson, Migration Council of Australia will highlight the proactive solutions that this report recommends. 

Additionally, we will be joined by Yusuf Mohamed, a young entrepreneur from VIC; and Fatima Tlaa, MYAN Youth Ambassador Network Representative for SA.

MYAN’s report COVID-19 and young migrants – impact and sol utions provides expert economic analysis on employment data specific to young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. This report highlights the impact of COVID-19 on employment for young people and reveals the recession of 2020 will likely have lasting effects on young people, particularly young migrants.

Click here to attend the event
News from Young Leaders at MYAN
National Mental Health Panel
Intersectionality in Mental Health - What makes us different?
Intersectionality in Mental Health - What makes us different?
On Monday 12 July, four young people from MYAN’s networks led a discussion on intersectionality in mental health. This panel was an important part of acknowledging young people’s expertise in their own mental health issues and driving solutions from their own experiences. Some of the key issues raised included the ‘disconnect between needs and support’, the current ‘focus on treatment as opposed to prevention’ and a ‘need to innovate how we do mental health in western world and take a page out of indigenous and older community practices.’ They also shared some great advice for service providers to ‘listen to young POC, give us the opportunity to have the platform to give our stories, provide us with resources and funding’
Young CALD people and COVID-19 lockdown discussion
A number of young leaders in MYAN’s networks were invited to have a conversation with Rana (MYAN National Manager), Alex (MYAN NSW CEO), and Carmel (MYAN Chair) about the impacts of the current lockdowns in response to COVID-19.  Young people from Victoria and New South Wales shared their experiences, ideas about how to come out of lockdown, and identified common themes such as staying connected coping mechanisms, and the vaccine rollout.
National Youth Homelessness Conference #NYHC2021
Great work from young leaders Harpreet Dhillon (TL) and MC Jahin Tanvir (TR) at the National Youth Homelessness Conference. They were part of an important panel discussion about the specific cohorts of young people who need to be targeted responses to ensure no one is left behind.
Note: The video is currently unavailable.
COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
Stakeholder Pack
COVID-19 Vaccines Multicultural Outreach - July 2021
As of 28 June 2021, access to the AstraZeneca vaccine is made available to adults under 40. While the Pfizer vaccine is still the preferred vaccine for adults under 60, adults under 40 can now access the AstraZeneca vaccine if they choose, after consulting with their GP. 

The stakeholder pack includes resources explaining what to expect at your vaccination appointment, reasons to get the COVID-19 vaccine, how to find out when you can have your COVID-19 vaccination, how to book, and information on updates to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

The good news also is that the vaccine information is now available in many other languages. Click here to check out more.
What’s on in your state/territory?
Exciting updates from MYAN NSW
Codebreakers for the youth
MYAN NSW has launched a new project called Codebreakers - a space for young people to express their thoughts on race, identity and belonging on social media. Creating space where young people can build skills, and strong networks across the community, using their experiences, energy and collective power to make change. Codebreakers is in partnership with Multicultural NSW COMPACT Alliance, Western Sydney Community Forum & BYSA (Blacktown Youth Services Association). Read more.
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Media Spokesperson Training for Change makers
Media Spokesperson Training is a two-day program for change makers working on issues connected to economic justice.
This training provides you with the vital media communications skills to maximise campaign success including media theory, practical interview simulations, a deep-dive into the media landscape, practical case studies, building compelling frames and developing effective media strategies. Upon completion, participants have the opportunity to join the Economic Media Centre’s Spokesperson Network.

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In the Media
FECCA and Federal Government support multicultural community groups to providing important COVID-19 health messages.
The Federation of Ethnic Communities' Council of Australia (FECCA) is working closely with the Federal Government to support multicultural community groups to provide important COVID-19 health messages to their communities, and advice on the vaccination rollout. This program is executed through a Commonwealth-funded Small Grants Fund supported by the Settlement Council of Australia (SCOA) and Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN).
To read more, click on the image above.
Most young refugees call Australia home
A new study by University of South Australia researchers, highlighted during Refugee Week, demonstrates that most young people from a refugee background consider themselves Australian – and Australia their home. The research points that young people express appreciation and gratitude towards Australia and desire to contribute and give back to the country that had given them a safe place to call home. Overall, Prof Ziaian the lead researcher, emphasises that the study results offer all Australians an opportunity to reflect on how one can support refugees, and ultimately create a more inclusive and vibrant society.
Young people are struggling the most with their mental health.
Here's what they've learned from asking for help.
The sooner that people take action to get support for their mental health, the more likely it is to be effective, and particularly to be effective in small doses.
Dr Cruwys, 2021
According to the Australia Talks National Survey, 1 in 5 young people, i.e. 19%  struggle with their mental health. The good news is young people are much more likely than older Australians to seek help from health professionals when they or someone they love are struggling. As a result, they are more likely to recover and bounce back. Dr. Tegan Cruwys, an associate professor and clinical psychologist at the Australian National University in Canberra, stresses the importance of building networks, going past the taboo on discussing mental health, connecting to community and seeking medical help as soon as required.
Youth in the digital age
Given the urgent issues facing young people in the digital age, and the growing demand from the international community, the UN Committee for the Rights of the Child voted to develop the UNCRC General Comment 25 on Children's Rights in Relation to the Digital Environment, to support states’, businesses’ and NGOs’ interpretation of the Convention in a digital age. This project coordinated an international consultation in the form of workshops with 709 children in 27 countries. This project elicits children’s experiences, insights and ideas about the ways in which digital technology impacts their rights, which were put together in the report Our Rights in the Digital World.
Read the full article here.
Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims

Sharing the Stories of Australian Muslims project sought to learn about Australian Muslims’ concerns, priorities and experiences of hate, violence and negative public commentary in the wake of the tragic Christchurch Mosque attack. Through extensive consultations with Muslim communities throughout Australia the report reflects that Australia’s Muslims experience widespread discrimination are are unable to speak up or act when they experienced discrimination. As a solution, a National Anti-Racism Framework is intended to play a significant role in Australia’s response to Islamophobia and its efforts to promote social cohesion.
Youth rights in the Digital World
This report highlights the perspectives of young people aged 9 to 22 about their experiences with digital media and their opinion on their rights in the digital environment. In brief, young people raised concerns about affordable and reliable access to devices and connectivity, violence and hate on the Internet, the spread of fake news, and disparity on digital platforms. Based on the consultations,  several requirements for a safe and child-friendly Internet were raised. This includes age-appropriate content in their own language, action to prevent and remedy discriminatory or aggressive behavior, and trusted and truthful information.
Click here to read more.

A call for accountability and action- THE DELOITTE GLOBAL 2021 MILLENNIAL AND GEN Z SURVEY
The Deloitte Global 2021 Millennial and Gen Z Survey highlights how the lockdowns resulting from the COVID -19 pandemic curtailed millennials’ and Gen Zs’ activities but not their drive or their desire to be heard. While the pandemic has profoundly impacted millennials and Gen Zs, their resilience remains a hallmark— they’re looking ahead, and channeling their energies into holding themselves and others accountable. The COVID-19 lockdowns curtailed millennials’ and Gen Zs’ activities but not their drive or their desire to be heard. In fact, the new survey—tapping the views of 14,655 millennials and 8,273 Gen Zs in early 2021—suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic, extreme climate events, and a charged sociopolitical atmosphere have reinforced people’s passions and given them strength. These generations are continuing to compel real change in society and business.
Young Australians highly impacted by COVID-19
A new report by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) discusses the various changes among the younger population in the last 2 decades. One of the major findings being that young people, compared to any other groups, experienced heightened levels of challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the report highlights issues around young people’s experiences of school and higher education, mental health and wellbeing, employment, living circumstances, and personal relationships pre, post and during COVID.
Australia's Youth
Adolescence and young adulthood is a critical period in a person’s life. It is a time for finishing school, pursuing further training and education, entering the workforce, transitioning from dependence to independence and forming relationships. The foundations for future health and wellbeing are also laid down at this time. The report Australia's Youth brings together a wide range of data on the wellbeing of young people aged 12–24, including reflection on the impact of COVID-19 on young people.
Young People, Protest, and Policy: A 21st Century Model of Social Change
Maanas Sharma in her recent article discusses youth-led political engagement through protest in the 21st century, and how youth voices are becoming increasingly powerful, in movements like #EndSARS and #BlackLivesMatter. She discusses how youth are motivated by their reluctance to engage in political institutions, and instead engage in social movements characterised by decentralisation, intersectional organisation, broad demands, and the use of the internet. Overall, in spite of the continuous debate on whether this new system of protest will be successful at addressing long-standing, systemic issues in the long term; it has proven effective at forcing the government’s hand in the short term.
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