19 December 2023
National Multicultural Youth Conference 2023
WRITTEN BY MYAN
From November 27 to 28 2023, MYAN hosted the National Multicultural Youth Conference, “Navigating Journeys, Empowering Voices”, bringing together a diverse range of young people, service providers, and government and community leaders from across the country. The conference was held in Canberra and provided a platform for meaningful conversations and collaborative solutions to support the successful settlement and active participation of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
Over two enriching days in Canberra, we had the pleasure of hosting 200 passionate attendees who came together to engage, learn, and share experiences. The conference was a dynamic platform, featuring incredible panel speakers and thought-provoking keynotes that ignited meaningful conversations around multicultural youth advocacy.
While the MYAN team worked tirelessly to organise the event, its success wouldn’t have been possible without the invaluable support and active participation of our diverse community of young people. We are particularly grateful for the many talented young people who facilitated and supported various aspects of the conference, adding their unique perspectives and energy to the discussions.
As we reflect on the conference, we carry forward the spirit of collaboration and advocacy that defines MYAN. We look forward to more opportunities to come together, learn from each other, and drive positive change in the multicultural youth space.
Let’s take a moment to celebrate MYAN’s amazing young people who took part in this year’s FUSE event. This year, we brought 45 people together, including many young people to meet with 30 parliamentarians in Canberra.
FUSE is MYAN’s bi-annual National Youth Summit specifically designed for young people from refugee, migrant, and asylum-seeking backgrounds. The purpose of this event is to provide a platform for remarkable young individuals to engage directly with policymakers and decision-makers to present their innovative ideas aimed at resolving critical challenges affecting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in Australia.
As part of this year’s FUSE, MYAN hosted a “Speed Meeting” activity with parliamentarians in the offices of the Australian Parliament House. This occurred during the sitting days at Parliament House and provided an opportunity for parliamentarians to hear directly from young people who presented their ideas on addressing key issues faced by themselves and their peers, on a select number of topics.
The Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN Australia) is the national peak body on multicultural youth issues and is auspiced by CMY. Read more from the MYAN team in their December newsletter.