Youth Ambassadors to MYAN

The Youth Ambassadors Network (YAN ) are a group of passionate young advocates supporting positive change for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds across Australia.

Supported through MYAN Australia and our state and territory partners, YAN members are active advocates and actors working to influence the national agenda for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. 

The YAN are not representatives of all refugee and migrant young people in their state or territory, but provide a perspective of young refugee and migrant Australians to MYAN Australia. They also work on practical activities within their state or territory and serve as advocates, amplifying the voice of others, in a range of national and state/territory forums.

As a newly formed group, the YAN are working to establish the network's vision, mission and objectives. You can follow their activities via the MYAN webpage, Twitter, Facebook, or e-news. You can contact the YAN via myanprojects@myan.org.au   

 

Meet the YAN

 

Hadi Rezaie

20 years old | Afghan | Member of Tasmania

Hadi has been in Australia as an asylum seeker for almost 4 years now and has recently been granted a SHEV visa.

Hadi is currently working for AFL Tasmania as a trainee, specialising on business administration. Outside of his full-time job, Hadi works for The Migrant Resource Centre as a bi-cultural youth worker as well as a family owned transport company as a courier driver. He does a lot with the youth in his community, focusing on sports, in particular soccer and futsal for both women and men. Hadi is the coach of the men’s team and acting president for 3 teams. He has been a member of MYAN since 2014 after the FUSE Summit. He really enjoyed being at the 2014 Fuse Summit and he describes the experience as “it changed my life and helped me with settling in Australia”. Hadi is currently doing a Cert III in Business administration and Cert VI in Personal training. 


Sarah Yahya

20 years old | Iraqi Mandaean | Member for New South Wales

Sarah currently studies a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism combined with International Studies at University of Technology, Sydney. Sarah also works part-time as a digital strategist for a public relations company specialising in technology.

Sarah got involved in multicultural youth action and affairs not long after arriving in Australia. Her involvement began with the organising of projects and events for her local area, where she was one of a number of passionate young people who served as youth councillors. Through this role Sarah  began to recognise the many issues young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds where facing, encouraging her to begin advocating. Sarah is a Youth Ambassador for ChilOut (Children out of Detention) and a member of her local headspace youth reference group.


Ziagul (Zee) Sultani

22 years old | Afghanistan (from the Hazara Community) | Member for Western Australia

Zee currently works as a Community and Youth Development Officer with the Shire of Katanning, on Saturdays Zee works at Woollies and in her spare time volunteers in a range of capacities within the community.

Zee has been a vocal advocate for multicultural young people for many years representing multicultural young people at local and regional level meetings and community gatherings. Through her local high school and the MYAN WA, Zee was recognised for her commitment to advocacy for multicultural young people, becoming a representative of MYAN WA and speaking regularly at schools and forums. Zee was one of the WA youth representatives at the MYAN’s 2014 FUSE Summit, where the YAN was first envisioned and is thrilled to be one of the founding members of this important advocacy group. 


Ajer Alier Deng (Atima)

21 years old | South Sudanese | Member for South Australia

Atima is currently completing the final stages of an International Relations degree at the University of South Australia and is passionate about the political and social spheres of the world.

Atima is a member of SA Young Labor, a member of the Multicultural Youth Drive Executive Committee, a volunteer writer for SALT Magazine, founder of the South Sudanese Youth United Organization, a Member of the South Sudanese Bor Youth Association, and now a proud founding member of the Youth Ambassador Network to MYAN. 


Mohammad Omar Maroof

22 years old | Afghan | Member for ACT

Student, IT enthusiast, sportsman, compassionate advocate, avid learner and active volunteer. 

Omar is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Politics and International Relations at University of Canberra and has a part time job with a major IT company. Previously, Omar worked supporting youth engagement with Multicultural Youth Services (MYS) in Canberra and as a volunteer with youth services, including Youth Coalition, to support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to address challenging issues. Omar has experience acting as a critical support for young people from diverse backgrounds and helping them access important information and services. When Omar is not working, studying, volunteering or on the soccer pitch, you will find him practising his off-spin for the upcoming cricket season, watching documentaries or debating world politics with friends.


Celia Tran

23 years old | Vietnamese Australian | Member for Victoria

Master of International Community Development graduate, youth empowerment champion, and advocate for young women, community organiser and ardent public speaker.

Celia previously worked as a Youth Coordinator with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre helping run a youth empowerment program for asylum seeker youth and worked as a public speaker for the CMY Shout-Out Program. Celia currently works for a NFP organisation assisting at risk youth in engaging them through projects, placement and study opportunities in Melbourne. Celia is an active community advocate and currently sits on the Governance Committee for the Dual Identity Leadership Program run by the Vietnamese Community of Australia (Victorian Chapter, VCA-Vic). She has been recognised for her leadership work by being awarded a 2015 Ambassador Award for Multicultural Excellence by the Victorian Multicultural Commission and the 2016 Australia Day Youth Leadership Award by the Maribyrnong City Council.


Paul Joseph

22 years old | South Sudanese | Member for Queensland

Student, volunteer, multicultural youth rights champion, passionate advocate of cross-cultural dialogue, community organiser, globe trotter.

Paul is currently a Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel Management student at Griffith University and youth worker at Access Community Services supporting sports, arts and mentoring programs for young people. Paul is a passionate advocate for young multicultural Queenslanders' rights, representing Australia at the United Nations Youth summit in 2015 as the Chairperson of a newly established group called Multicultural Youth Queensland Council in Logan and a youth leader with the Queensland African Communities Council (QACC). Paul participated in the MYAN Queensland Follow My Lead youth conference (2013) and MYAN Australia FUSE Conference in 2014.


YAN applications now open

If you are driven, interested in issues relating to refugee and migrant youth, leadership, advocacy, teamwork and networking, then fill out this application in for the Youth Ambassador Network and email it to myanprojects@myan.org.au before May 17, 2017.