Research & Practice Reports
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Women at Risk Visa Holder (Subclass 204) – MYAN and MCA Consultation Report 
This report is intended to provide insights into how women and young people arriving through the Women at Risk (WaR) program are faring in their settlement journey, including good practice and gaps in support. It provides a summary of key findings from a national sector consultation and individual interviews with service providers in relation to the settlement experiences of women and youth under the 204 visa category.
WaR visa holders arriving in Australia share common pre-arrival vulnerabilities, including exposure to physical and sexual violence, and post-traumatic stress disorder, but to date, no national work has been undertaken to understand the particular settlement challenges experienced by young people arriving on this visa.
Engage Respectfully with Young People from Refugee Backgrounds-Trainers Guide
This resource describes the skills and knowledge required to communicate effectively with young people (aged 12 to 25 years) in work roles with a specific focus on young people. It applies to work undertaken in work roles where the young person is the primary client.
These resources were developed by a consortium made up of Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network , Navitas English, AMES Australia, MDA Ltd (formerly known as the Multicultural Development Association) and Margaret Piper and Associates (MPA) written by Margaret Piper AM; reviewed by Grace Langton, Education Manager, Youth Work Discipline Group, College of Education, Victoria University; and proofed by Rosemary Baxter.
Engage Respectfully with Young People from Refugee Backgrounds-Participants Handbook
This resource has been designed to facilitate the development of the competencies required for people working or intending to work with young people from refugee backgrounds. It aims to provide participants with the skills and knowledge to address the specific needs of this client group and to develop constructive attitudes to this work. This resource reflects the opinion that working with young people from refugee backgrounds requires knowledge, skills and attitudes additional to and distinct from those required to work with other young people or other newly arrived groups.
These resources were developed by a consortium made up of Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network, Navitas English, AMES Australia, MDA Ltd (formerly known as the Multicultural Development Association) and Margaret Piper and Associates (MPA) written by Margaret Piper AM; reviewed by Grace Langton, Education Manager, Youth Work Discipline Group, College of Education, Victoria University; and proofed by Rosemary Baxter.
English Language Acquisition for Young People from Refugee and Migrant Backgrounds: A brief policy review and reflections of the Youth Transitions Support Providers
This paper has been prepared by MYAN with Youth Transitions Support (YTS)1 service providers through the YTS Community of Practice (COP). The YTS COP was established to support an independent evaluation of the YTS pilot, facilitate collaboration and reflection on good practice and document YTS practice. It was coordinated by MYAN.
This paper highlights the perspectives of YTS providers and draws on MYAN’s policy work to provide an overview of recent research, policy and programming into the acquisition of English language skills in Australia by recently arrived young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. It provides an overview of gaps/barriers and strategies for strengthening young people’s English language acquisition identified by YTS providers.
The Multicultural Youth Australia Census Status Report 2017/2018 
The Multicultural Youth Australia Census Status Report 2017/2018 is the first ever status report and national study of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.
The Report presents rich insights into how young people from diverse cultural backgrounds and faring socially, economically and culturally, highlighting the complex and sometimes conflicting values, opportunities, challenges and aspirations of these cohorts.
Among key insights, the report found that young people from diverse backgrounds feel a strong sense of belonging in Australia, despite experiencing concerning rates of racial discrimination. They were also found to have significant family connections and responsibilities, while facing barriers to employment, with a rate of almost 50% of underemployment among survey respondents. Overall, the report illustrates young multicultural people in Australia as optimistic, highly engaged and possessing unique intercultural skills and resilience that positions them to thrive in Australian society.
Not Just Ticking a Box: Youth participation with young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds 
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.
BRIGHT FUTURES: Spotlight on the wellbeing of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds 
MYAN and VicHealth recently commissioned The Bright Futures: Spotlight on the wellbeing of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds report by CSIRO’s Data 61. The report looks at how emerging global trends impact young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
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Desk Review of Programming Guidelines for Adolescents & Youth in Emergencies: Education, Health, Livelihoods & Durable Solutions 
A collaboration between MYAN Australia, the RET International, INEE and NRC to strengthen a focus on youth and adolescents in programming. This desk review demonstrates need to put adolescents & youth at the centre of programmatic guidelines.
Young People Creating Change: a toolkit for developing advocacy skills with young people 
MYAN and the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) are pleased the launch an exciting resource, Young People Creating Change: a toolkit for developing advocacy skills with young people.
The Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC) partnered with MYAN to adapt AYAC’s original toolkit, to ensure that it is inclusive of young people from CaLD backgrounds.
The new Toolkit is designed as a resource for young people and those who work with young people, to deliver a 2-day introductory training program. This program includes an introduction to advocacy activities and skills; the opportunity to explore how young people might apply these skills and promote their own ideas; and practical strategies for creating change in their community. It encourages young people to build on their existing experience, knowledge and stories.
The CALD Youth Census Report: The First Australian Census Data Analysis of Young People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds 
This brief report provides broad data on key demographics related to these population groups based on Australian Census data from 2011. The report looks at education, employment, and family and living arrangements for CALD and refugee youth and compares these data with that of each state by geographical boundaries to highlight finer spatial variations in population trends.
Unaccompanied Humanitarian Minors (UHMs) in Australia: an overview of national support arrangements and key emerging issues 
MYAN developed this policy paper to explore key emerging issues in relation to the care and support of this group of young people. The paper provides a national overview of the support arrangements for UHMs across Australia, as well as key emerging issues in relation to the care and support of this group of young people.