MYAN eNews April 2015

E-NEWSLETTER Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (Australia) 
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Welcome to the April edition of the MYAN Australia e-Newsletter - a quarterly bulletin presenting multicultural youth issues through a national lens. 

This edition includes the launch of two new national data Info Sheets on humanitarian youth arrivals, a report on the FUSE national multicultural youth summit and updates from MYAN networks around the country.                      

MYAN National Update

Humanitarian Youth Arrivals Info Sheets

The MYAN is pleased to release two new Info Sheets providing national data on humanitarian youth arrivals between 2008 and 2014. This is the first time this data has been compiled. They provide a snapshot of the settlement trends for young people from refugee backgrounds in Australia, including an overview of some of the issues impacting on young people in the settlement process. Download the 2008–2013 Info Sheet here and the 2013–2014 Info Sheet here.  

FUSE Report

A Report on the MYAN's national multicultural youth summit - FUSE - is now available. Australia's first national multicultural youth event, FUSE was held in Sydney in October 2014. The Report provides an overview of the 3-day summit, including a set of recommendations. Download the Report here.

MYAN State and Territory Update


Since launching as an independent organisation in December, MYAN NSW has been focusing on the second phase of our development - building a firm foundation for MYAN NSW as the multicultural youth specialist organisation in NSW. To do this, we are developing a prospectus, and meeting with key decision makers such as the NSW Minister for Communities, Victor Dominello MP, and the new NSW Advocate for Children and Young People, Andrew Johnson.

Network Meeting & Training

We have a number of events coming up in the next few weeks, including a quarterly network meeting on 31st March, and our training workshop on “Working with Young People from Multicultural Backgrounds” in April. This training continues to experience very strong demand. The training was full within 48 hours of registrations being open, with more than 100 people expressing an interest in future events. Contact Andrew Cummings, MYAN NSW Executive Officer, for more information -


Youth Settlement FactSheet 2014 

The MYAN QLD has developed a new Youth Settlement Factsheet 2014, providing data on settlement demographics, trends and issues across Queensland for 2014.

Youth Census Report QLD

The MYAN QLD will host a launch of the CALD Youth Census Report QLD data on the 23rd April 2014 from 3-5pm at the Harmony on Carmody Café in Logan Central. Dr Helen Feist, Acting Director of the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide, will be presenting on the report. This event will include an overview of the QLD Youth Settlement FactSheet 2014 and MYAN QLD's Youth Consultation Report. for more information contact Marida Roux, MYAN QLD Coordinator -


Our Voice Matters - Youth Consultation Report

MYAN TAS is very excited to have launched its Youth Consultation Report - Our Voice Matters - on Friday 27th March in Hobart. The Report presents findings and recommendations from consultations with more than 200 young people from multicultural backgrounds across Tasmania, and associated service providers. The Report was launched as part of a forum focused on youth settlement issues. Download the Report here.


Network Meeting

MYAN WA kicked off the year with a highly attended first network meeting, focused on mental health. 90 staff from a wide range of organisations across the youth and settlement sectors came to together to listen to a panel of speakers, including a young person speak about mental health as it relates to refugee and migrant young people. Attendees then worked in focused discussion groups on the recently released draft WA 10 year Mental Health Plan. This information has been used to inform YACWA's submission on the draft, and the collective knowledge has been circulated through the network. Bookings for the May meeting are now open and are filling fast!

Youth Action Group

MYAN WA's Project Officer has been supporting the MYAN WA Youth Action Group - a group of six young people, delegates from last year's  national  FUSE event, to organise their own leadership summit for multicultural young people in WA. The group have been meeting at the YACWA office, throwing around ideas and putting together grant applications. There is a lot of excitement and a lot to organise!

VIC - Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY)

Shout Out – Promoting Young Multicultural Voices for Change

Shout Out is an innovative public speakers agency that trains and nurtures young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to share their experiences and views with a wider audience.

While there are many specialist voices willing to talk about youth issues, we think it’s often more insightful and meaningful to hear from the real experts – young people.

If you have an event, conference, workshop or meeting that would be enriched by a multicultural young person speaking passionately about a range of subjects, Shout Out can help. For more information or to book a speaker go to the Shout Out website.

Multicultural Youth in Focus - Nipuni Wijecwickrema



2014 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year  

22 year-old Nipuni was born in Canberra, with parents who migrated to Australia from Sri Lanka. In December 2014, Nip was named 2014 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year for her contributions to the Canberra community. She was also awarded the Individual Community Service award.
Nip started GG's Flowers, a socially sustainable florist that employs people with disabilities. She established the business with her family for her 16 year old sister, Gayana, who has Down Syndrome. Gayana hand delivers all flowers with a hug or a "high-five" and Nip is very passionate about the business. She says, "Our motto is 'flowers with a purpose', our employees have a very special purpose."
Nip has also volunteered as a Lifeline crisis counsellor for Lifeline Australia since she was 17. "I honestly feel so privileged and blessed to be allowed into people's lives that are going through such tough times. I wish I had buckets of money and time to donate, but unfortunately, I don't have much of either. So donating a little bit of my time every fortnight is my way of helping," she says.
Nip's vision for young people is to be supported. "I think that our capabilities are beyond what we know and what others expect," she says. "As young people, if we're not given the adequate support and encouragement, it's easy to give up hope. But together, as a cohort, we're pretty extraordinary people who will lead in years to come. My vision is for every young person in Canberra to be truly appreciated and valued."
Congratulations to Nip for being named 2014 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year!

Other National News


Training Package - Engaging respectfully with young people (from refugee backgrounds)

A consortium of agencies (MYAN Australia, Navitas English, Margaret Piper and Associates, MDA Ltd. and AMES) have recently launched a suite of training materials for working with young people from refugee backgrounds. They have been customised to focus on young people from refugee backgrounds. Download the flier or the training package here.

'Multicultural Me' - new children's book celebrating cultural diversity

Written by Taku Scrutton and illustrated by Jason Tevenen, Multicultural Me is a children's book celebrating diversity and friendship of young people in Australia. Taku has chosen to crowd-fund via Pozible to encourage wider community engagement in the project, and if she reaches her goal, will officially launch Multicultural Me on UN International Youth Day, 12 August 2015. More information can be found here.

Vale Professor Graeme Hugo AO

The MYAN was deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Graeme Hugo AO in January this year. He made a significant contribution to population and migration research. The MYAN was very fortunate to work with Prof. Hugo on the CALD Youth Census Report 2014. His passion and generosity for sharing knowledge and building understanding about Australia's demographics will be missed enormously.
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