MYAN August 2016 e-news

E-NEWSLETTER Multicultural youth advocacy network (Australia) 
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Welcome to the August 2016 edition of the MYAN Australia e-Newsletter.

On International Youth Day, this edition focuses on young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds - celebrating their activities and achievements and highlighting more upcoming opportunities and events for young people to get involved.

Friday 12 August 2016

The theme for 2016, "The Road to 2030", is about achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It focuses on the leading role of young people in ensuring poverty eradication and achieving sustainable development through sustainable consumption and production.  Learn more.

Youth Summit 2016

This national event, held in Melbourne on July 30, brought together young advocates from across Australia to explore key issues and demands of young people for our new Federal parliament. MYAN Australia and our affiliated organisations, supported seven young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to to attend the event.

"The National Youth Summit was fantastic! Being around 100 passionate, politically engaged social justice advocates from all over Australia was an experience like no other. It was an honour to be able to work collaboratively and have the opportunity to influence social and political change about issues that affect us all."   -  Apajok Bair, MYAN NSW representative. You can read Apajok's full report HERE

Key themes, ranging from education and employment, to climate change and refugee rights were discussed. For more information, and to follow some of the exciting outcomes of this event, visit Youth Summit 2016.

Youth delegates continue advocacy upon return from UNHCR Geneva 

Almost two months after returning from NGO Consultations in Geneva, Arash, Sarah, Arif and Elizabeth remain hard at work following up their international work with a range of projects and activities here in Australia. At the Global Refugee Youth Consultation (GRYC) in Geneva, Core Actions for Refugee Young People were developed and delegates are planning a range of activities to progress these in Australia and the region. Delegates have spoken at a range of MYAN events and set meetings with MPs and other stakeholders. Sarah and Arash will also be attending the 6th Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Consultations in September in Bangkok (APCRR6), reporting back on the GRYC in Geneva, supporting a youth-specific workshop and supporting planning for youth-focussed advocacy work across the region. Arash will also be facilitating a consultation with young people in Malaysia prior to APCRR6.

Keep up to date with GRYC in Australia HERE
An opportunity to be their voice and bring their issues to light     
by Arash Bordbar

During the Global Refugee Youth Consultations, youth delegates had the opportunity to participate in a range of sessions. I was one of the speakers for the Livelihood, Deportation, Monitoring and Resilience sessions. During this session I presented on my personal story and experiences and led break out sessions, where participants brainstormed solutions and ideas to many challenging issues. I also participated in side meetings to determine core actions, which I then presented during the stakeholders meeting.
Now, I am part of the organising committee that will be running a refugee consultation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in September, where we will be discussing opportunities for refugee youth to further their education. 
The best part of this experience for me was the challenge of approaching delegates from different countries to get them on board to have our youth core actions put into the UNHCR discussion.
I am hopeful that I will be able to attend the consultations next year to showcase the results of what we have achieved.
Arash Bordbar, was one of four Australian youth delegates to the
Global Refugee Youth Consultations in Geneva, June 2016

National Updates

National Youth Settlement Framework Training

A series of training workshops on the National Youth Settlement Framework will be held across Australia from August to November 2016. 

This training is targeted at staff and volunteers from government and NGOs who seek to strengthen their knowledge and practice in supporting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. It is suitable for those working in both direct service and policy/programming roles.

For more information and training times click here.
Mission Australia’s Youth Survey 2016

Mission Australia’s 15th annual national Youth Survey is now open for 15 to 19 year olds. Mission Australia and other community service organisations use the findings from the survey to help develop better youth services and improve ways of working with young people in the community.

Survey closes 22 August.
More information available HERE
Unleashed 2016

Do you know somebody between the ages of 15 and 29 who is doing something amazing to create social change? Nominate them for one of FYA's Unleashed Awards 2016.

BE QUICK  nominations close on 15 August 2016


Where emerging young leaders  CONNECT. IGNITE. TRAILBLAZE.

FUSE 2016, Australia's national multicultural youth summit for emerging young leaders, is taking place in Melbourne from December 7th-9th. Hosted by MYAn Australia, this is an opportunity for young leaders, advocates and community organisers to come together, learn new skills and share their experiences in a three day workshop that aims to support our future leaders. 

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm AEST on 9 September.

To find out more or to apply visit

National Multicultural Women's Conference 2016

Join practitioners, decision makers, community members and thought leaders in this collaborative, inclusive and engaging event celebrating the outstanding contribution women from diverse backgrounds make to our society. Full program and registrations at
MYAN WA launch Shout Out

Shout Out, an initiative of the Centre for Multicultural Youth, is an innovative program that promotes multicultural young voices by supporting young people to present their stories and experiences to audiences that may not usually have the chance to hear them. 

After successfully running a pilot to train up a number of young speakers from WA, MYAN WA will officially launch the program and the new website, where young speakers can be booked for events and speaking engagements, on 22 August.

To find out more please visit MYAN WA's webpage or email

Reports and Publications

Youth Development Index launched in Australia
Designed by a technical advisory committee the YDI is a composite index which measures youth development. This is the first national holistic measure of the status of young people in Australia and is designed to inform policy and as a tool for advocacy. Read more about the launch of the AUstralian index in this recent media article.

Find out more about the YDI HERE.
A Catalyst for Change  

For more information visit
A Catalyst for Change is MYAN WA's report of the multicultural youth summit 2016, held in Perth WA earlier this year. Catalyst 2016 brought together multicultural young people from across WA to explore solutions to shared challenges and speak directly to politicians and decision makers about issues and ideas for change. The report will be officially launched on 22 August.
YEP Report: Young people, engagement and public policy 
This report captures the findings of research with over 100 young people and policy makers as part of the Youth Engaged Policy project at University of Western Sydney. The report examines the critical issues shaping young people’s participation and proposes a practical framework for engagement that puts young people at the centre of public policy. Read the full report HERE.

Sharing positive refugee stories

Young people often talk to us about their desire to see positives stories of refugees and migrants and their achievements shared in the media in Australia. While there is acknowledgement that countering negative imagery in the media is important, for many young people this longing is also about their own need to have their reality reflected in the broader Australian story. They want this story to be one they too can relate to, one that they can be intimately a part of and that speaks to them and to the rest of the nation about who they really are.

The Guardian’s Dear Australia project, launched in July 2016, is a series that will present stories of refugees and asylum seekers firsthand. A series of videos aims to tell the larger story of those who seek to build new lives in Australia. MYAN welcome this series, and similar initiatives, and hope the stories shared celebrate the many achievements and contributions of these community members and begin to address refugee and migrant young people’s yearning to see their everyday lives shared. Link to the series HERE.
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