With the first ever national multicultural youth summit - FUSE - in October; the release of the draft Youth Settlement Framework and extensive national consultations; the launch of the CALD Youth Census Report; and the launch of MYAN NSW as a independent multicultural youth specific organisation, the MYAN has had another big year!
FUSE brought together 40 dynamic and passionate young people from multicultural backgrounds from around Australia to connect, ignite and trail-blaze. Young people explored advocacy, leadership and human rights, and shared perspectives with peers from around the country.
Photo by Craig Abercrombie, GWS GIANTS
FUSE has created a national network of young multicultural change-makers who, supported by the MYAN state/territory-based networks, have already engaged in a range of activities at the local, state and national levels. We look forward to working with FUSE delegates in 2015.
Youth Settlement Framework
Following our national consultations this year with young people, government and the youth and settlement sectors, we are currently finalising the Framework and look forward to its release in the first half of 2015. The Framework is designed for national application, providing guidance on policy and service delivery with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
MYAN NSW - Launches as an Independent Organisation
MYAN NSW Board members with the Hon. Victori Dominello MP
On 4th December 2014, over 100 people from 60 organisations helped celebrate the establishment of MYAN NSW as the first-ever independent state-wide organisation supporting the needs of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. The Hon. Victor Dominello MP formally launched the new organisation, with Senator the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells providing a video message conveying the importance of the work of MYAN NSW.
The Multicultural Youth Affairs Network (MYAN) NSW will support a targeted approach to meeting the needs of young people of refugee and migrant backgrounds, so they can become active participants in their community. It will assist organisations to better understand these needs and provide formal and informal advice to local, state and federal governments. Find more about MYAN NSW here or read the Media Release.
MYAN WA - Re-launch
MYAN WA was 're-launched' under its new auspice, the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia (YACWA) in November at the Mirabooka Multicultural Centre. Over 60 people from the youth and settlement sectors attended to celebrate the work of MYAN WA over the last 7 years, to mark its new phase, and to hear from some of the WA delegates to the national FUSE youth summit. YACWA looks forward to supporting the work of MYAN WA through a shared approach to creating positive settlement outcomes for young people in WA. MYAN WA is also very pleased to welcome its new Project Officer - Lianda Gibson. Lianda can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Janali (City of Stirling), FUSE delegates, Nadne Liddy (MYAN National Coordinator), Lianda Gibson (MYAN WA Project Officer), Craig Comrie (CEO, YACWA)
MYAN TAS - Statewide Youth Consultations
MYAN TAS has recently completed a series of consultations with more than 200 young people from multicultural backgrounds across Tasmania, and associated service providers. The consultation findings build on a the results of a forum held earlier in the year and are currently being compiled into a report to be released in early 2015. Those involved identified current issues of concern and potential solutions, including education, employment, racism and processing of claims for asylum. Many young people involved are looking forward to advocating for changes to address their concerns, as well as implementing some of the proposed recommendations.
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DonateLife - multicultural community resources
To support people from multicultural backgrounds to decide about organ and tissue donation, in consultation with religious leaders and community groups, Australia's Organ and Tissue Authority have developed the ‘DonateLife…Greatest Gift’ campaign. This is a community education campaign for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities aimed at increasing family discussion about organ and tissue donation discussions. A range of resources for multicultural communities, including position statements in relation to faith perspectives on organ and tissue donation, can be found here.
RightsEd education resources
The Human Rights Commission has recently launched new education resources developed under the National Anti-Racism Strategy. The resources are suitable for years 5-6 and years 9-10 and focus on taking action against racism, in relation to the health and physical education curriculum, and race, rights and immigration in relation to the history curriculum. Download the resources here.