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about us

The Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network of Western Australia (MYAN WA) was established in 2005 as the Refugee Youth Services Network (RYSN). In October 2014, YACWA became the new auspice agency for MYAN WA and relaunched the network at highly attended event at the Mirrabooka Multicultural Centre.

What we do
MYAN WA aims to develop the capacity of WA practitioners, service providers, policy makers and funding bodies to ensure positive settlement outcomes for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
MYAN WA provides a voice to the unique issues faced by young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, and ensures that they are integrated into the ongoing advocacy agenda of YACWA. It has grown to become the platform for both government and non-government services providers, communities and schools to come together and tackle issues faced by the multicultural youth sector. 
MYAN WA continues to work to strengthen youth engagement in policy making and advocacy. In the past year, the organisation has led a number of projects that enhance the skills of multicultural youth and amplify their voices and experiences in today's Australia. 

our focuses 

OUr strategic plan

Youth participation

Sector capacity building

Policy and advocacy

Network sustainability

MYAN WA’s mission is to increase positive outcomes for young Western Australian’s from refugee and migrant backgrounds. View our strategic plan:

Meeting Room
Helping Hands

Our fundings

MYAN WA currently receives funding from MYAN Australia – the national peak body on multicultural youth issues.

MYAN WA is auspiced by YACWA, and YACWA contributes in-kind to the network via the provision of infrastructure, administration and policy support.

MYAN WA applies for grant funding as appropriate to support projects. 

Current and past funding bodies include:

  • Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI)

  • Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC)

  • Department of Finance

  • Lotterywest

OUR Team

Focusing on young people’s varied needs at local, State and Federal Government level, MYAN WA team works to engender and enhance positive community attitudes towards young people with refugee or migrant backgrounds. 


Executive group

We operate with other human rights organisations and stakeholders to address the exclusion of young people in a rapidly changing society.

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Thank you for helping us make a difference!

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