|The Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (Australia), the MYAN, is a nationally recognised policy and advocacy body that represents migrant and newly arrived young people, in order to advance their rights and interests. As a national network, the MYAN is comprised of representatives from each of Australia’s states and territories that represent state/territory multicultural youth sector networks.|
While the MYAN has a focus on newly arrived young people, particularly those from refugee or humanitarian backgrounds, the term ‘multicultural’ includes international students and young people who were born in Australia to parents who settled in Australia as migrants or refugees.
|The MYAN was established in 2005 in response to an identified need for a national advisory and advocacy network on multicultural youth issues. The issues and needs of multicultural young people are often overlooked as they are a sub-group of both the broader youth and multicultural sectors and underrepresented in the policy and advocacy work of both the government and non-government sectors. The MYAN was funded in 2009 by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and is auspiced by CMY.|
The MYAN is dedicated to promoting the ideals of multiculturalism. These ideals celebrate diversity. They support the concept that a strong society is built on the strengths of every single one of its residents. The MYAN acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are the first peoples of Australia, and constitute the primary cultures of our nation.
The MYAN currently has a focus on (i) progressing its policy priorities and (ii) supporting the development of multicultural youth sector networks at the state and territory level. This capacity building work has a focus on developing sustainable state/territory multicultural youth policy and advocacy networks. The MYAN directly supports the coordination of these networks in NSW, W.A, S.A and the ACT.
|Want to find out more?|
|A MYAN website is currently in development. In the meantime, you can contact Nadine Liddy, the MYAN National Coordinator - email email@example.com or call (03) 9340 3700.|
You can also visit the standalone MYAN website at www.myan.org.au.
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