Launch of Multicultural Youth Tasmania
Inspiring and supporting culturally diverse youth to reach their full potential
What: Launch of Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania Multicultural Youth Tasmania (MYT) program and website
Event details: Wednesday 20th June, 2:30pm-3:30pm at Cresswell-Beakley Stand, KGV Sports and Community Centre, 1A Anfield Street Glenorchy Tas 7010
Activities: Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC Tas) will be celebrating the launch of its Multicultural Youth Tasmania (MYT) program, MYT website, and will also be launching the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia (MYAN) short films, exploring experiences of youth from refugee backgrounds.
Vision: Website, MYAN Australia short films, speeches. From 3:30pm onwards: youth sporting activities on the oval
Interviews: Sally Thompson, MRC Tas (MYT) Team Leader and Magda Gamar, MRC Tas Youth client and Tasmanian representative for the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN).
During Refugee Week 2018, Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania (MRC Tas) will celebrate the launch of its Multicultural Youth Tasmania (MYT) state-wide program and website www.myt.org.au, which now hosts all MRC Tas youth services under the one banner.
MYT provides targeted services and projects to support young people aged 15-24 from multicultural backgrounds to reach their full potential and thrive as active citizens of the Tasmanian community.
Magda Gamar came to Australia, as a refugee from Eritrea, 10 years ago. As a young person, Magda, like the 15% of young people in Tasmania from a refugee or migrant background, faced unique challenges in accessing the support and opportunities she needed to reach her full potential and actively participate in the Tasmanian community.
“Thinking back to high school, it would have benefitted me greatly to have some extra support like what MRC Tas are offering young people from multicultural backgrounds.”
Sally Thompson, MYT Team Leader said young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds have particular needs, distinct from adults and many of their Australian-born counterparts.
“Young people from multicultural backgrounds have so much to offer our community, and their needs often go unrecognised as they are a sub-set of the broader youth and settlement sectors. MYT’s range of services provide access to support and opportunities to help this cohort succeed and make positive contributions to Australian society.”
Ms Thompson said MYT’s programs, which take a collaborative approach with schools and organisations such as Reclink Australia, YMCA, PUSLE Youth Health, Headspace and the Tasmanian Football Federation, focus on sport and recreation, education, employment, and wellbeing.
“MYT services include both direct client work as well as sector development in the youth, education and community space to ensure the needs of multicultural youth are being met within mainstream services. Participation in MYT services and programs provide an opportunity for young people to develop a strong sense of belonging and resilience during settlement and beyond.”
Miss Gamar said she first came into contact with MRC Tas at the start of university and is grateful for the extra support she has received to excel in all aspects of her life,
“The support I have received for public speaking and leadership training has built my confidence immensely. I have gone on to participate in Miss Tasmania, speak at the Welcoming Cities Symposium in Adelaide, and become the Tasmanian representative for the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network. I have also discovered my passion for helping others.”
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