MYAN NSW is the first state-wide multicultural youth specialist organisation. We engage, connect and build the capacity of the youth, settlement and multicultural sectors to effectively meet the needs of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. We support the development of young people’s skills and networks to engage in advocacy and influence the regional, state and national agenda.

Our Mission

MYAN NSW supports young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to build the skills, knowledge and networks they need to be active citizens in Australian society.

Our Vision

All young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in NSW are connected, influential and valued members of Australian society.

What We Offer

MYAN NSW is a hub of networking, information and capacity building, supporting and strengthening the work of our large and diverse network. Our members, partners, services and young people benefit from a range of initiatives and events, including:

  • Sector development forums
  • Networking meetings and events
  • Training workshops for workers and multicultural young people
  • Policy advice to all levels of government
  • Fact sheets, reports and resources
  • Contributing to research on key issues
  • Regular updates and information

Our network is made up of practitioners from a diverse range of sectors who support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, including: youth, settlement, education, health, justice, housing and government agencies.

How has MYAN NSW evolved?

Youth Action (then YAPA), the peak youth body in NSW, established MYAN in 1993 as the NESB Youth Issues Network NSW in response to the need for a Network to advocate for multicultural young people’s needs and issues at a state level.  Since then, the Network received funding from the then-named Department of Immigration & Multicultural Affairs (DIMIA) and employed a Multicultural Youth Development Officer at YAPA until 2002.  In October 2002, YAPA did not receive funding from DIMIA for the Project Officer position. The YAPA Board of Management made a decision to continue to support the MYAN financially and resources a Project Officer for four hours a week to facilitate MYAN.

In 2010, YAPA in partnership with the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia to employ a part-time State Coordinator for 12-months who started at Youth Action in March 2010.  This project was then extended by Youth Action and MYAN Australia until August 2011.

The name of the network changed from the Multicultural Youth Issues Network NSW (MYINN) to the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network (MYAN) NSW in September 2010.

New funding for MYAN NSW was received from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), with a shift in focus of the role and activities of MYAN NSW. A Project Manager was appointed in April 2013. In December 2014, MYAN NSW was incorporated and functions as an independent organisation. 

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