Our Mission

At MYAN we recognise that young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds have specific needs and strengths – as a result we need to work differently with them. Our mission is to connect these young people to the decision-making processes in this country.

We support young people to develop skills, knowledge and networks so they can create change in their communities. We advocate to strengthen young people’s knowledge and leadership skills to become active citizens in Australian society.

We collaborate so young people have a network of support systems around them.

We work hard to advocate and support policy decisions that benefit young people from diverse backgrounds.

At MYAN we believe we are only as good as the collective of young people who work with us. We are a trusted voice in the community and sector because we give space for young people to be their own advocates and be leaders in the same settings in which we participate.


“Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds are connected to decision making processes, so they become empowered and influential active citizens in Australia.”

What we do

We are a state-wide multicultural youth specialist service. We work to provide support and expertise to ensure young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds are able to build the skills, knowledge and networks they need to be active citizens in Australian society.

We work closely with academics, policy makers, youth leaders and practitioners to build meaningful connections and further develop resources that support young people. MYAN works in partnership with young people, government, and civil society to promote the rights and interests of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to ensure they are recognised in policy and practice.

Our unique approach means at MYAN, we build networks. We connect people who have recently arrived to the country to established networks of young people.

We work with young people in a way that honours their culture, experiences and heritage.

We currently focus on Youth Programs, Sector Support, Policy & Advocacy, and Research.

Through these streams we promote the needs and interests of young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds and the sector by:

 

  • Settlement support to newly arrived young people
  • Leadership and skill building for young people from multicultural backgrounds
  • Supporting and resourcing the sector
  • Advocating to government
  • Developing policy papers
  • Consulting with organisations to better develop their capacity working with multicultural youth
  • Partnering with researchers
Alex Long
Executive Officer

What makes you passionate about the area you work in?
I love that I can contribute to a more just and compassionate world for young people. My work feels meaningful, brings me joy, and provides opportunities to learn and grow.

Vanessa Chavez
Sector Development and Policy Manager

What makes you passionate about the area you work in?
Knowing that our work is contributing in some way to improving the lives and opportunities for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Young people inject new energy and unique perspectives into our work.

Hannah Lai
Youth Programs Coordinator

Why do you like working with young people?
I love working with young people because they are willing to give ideas a go and they come up with creative solutions. Sometimes, young people just need some encouragement, great peers and a few cheerleaders to get their ideas off the ground.

Henrietta Amevor
Operations Assistant

Why do you like working with young people?
I love working with young people because we are at the forefront of this fight for a better world. It’s with us that new attitudes are formed, new standards are created and old boundaries are pushed.