The Multicultural Youth Network (MYN) was originally established as the Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network in September 2007 to provide advice to the Victorian Government, on issues and initiatives that affect young Victorians from multicultural backgrounds.
Today the MYN is chaired by the Victorian Multicultural Commission Youth Commissioner. It is comprised of 20 young people from a range of faiths, cultures, ages, geographical locations and life experiences.
The influence of the MYN is expected to broaden as the Minister of Youth, Jenny Mikakos, joins the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, to share responsibility for the MYN.
The MYN meets once a month, and as well as highlighting key issues facing young Victorians, members have the opportunity to develop youth-led projects which respond to some of these issues and deliver presentations on diversity, faith and culture in Victoria.
MYN members have been involved in a number of initiatives including:
- Developing and implementing youth-led projects which focused on employment, media, sport, education and newly arrived young people;
- Regional and metropolitan workshops with young people to discuss cultural diversity and the migration experience, especially from a refugee perspective;
- Participating in the “UBUNTU” Youth Stage as part of the Viva Victoria festival in 2012 to 2016;
- Members of MYN becoming the first Youth Commissioner for the Victorian Multicultural Commission in 2012. The current and previous Youth Commissioners have also been former network members; and
- Representing the Victorian Government in conferences, workshops and consultations on multicultural, refugee and migrant youth issues.
More information about MYN projects and activities can be found in the following reports:
Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG)
The Multifaith Advisory Group (MAG) was established in February 2008 in response to recommendations from the 2007 Premier’s Multifaith Leaders Forum. The MAG currently consists of approximately 25 senior representatives from Victoria’s diverse faith communities (including various Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist and Baha'i communities).
The MAG is an advisory body which represents the voice of Victoria’s faith leaders to the Victorian Government through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship (OMAC). The MAG aims to ensure ongoing dialogue between the Victorian Government and Victoria’s faith leaders and communities, and assists the Government to understand and appropriately respond to situations which arise in diverse faith and multicultural communities around Victoria.
The MAG currently comprises representatives from the following organisations:
For more information on the MMYN or MAG please contact us.