Applications for the Multicultural Youth Network are open!

If you are between 16 and 25 and interested in advocating for culturally diverse young people and developing your skills as an emerging leader - apply now to become a member of Victoria’s Multicultural Youth Network (MYN).

The MYN engages in discussion and liaises with the Victorian Government on issues and initiatives that affect young Victorians from diverse backgrounds.

The MYN will be made up of 20 young Victorians aged between 16 and 25 who will:

  • liaise with government on issues effecting young Victorians from diverse backgrounds
  • develop their skills in team-work, collaboration and event organisation, advocacy and public speaking
  • develop leadership capabilities as emerging young leaders in their communities
  • engage with communities and building intercultural relationships.

Eligibility criteria

Applications will be accepted from people who are aged 16 - 25 years at the time of application. Applicants who are 25 years old at the time of application will meet the age criteria.

How much time does it involve?

Membership of the MYN commences in July 2017 and concludes in January 2019.

Over 18 months, you will need to make time to:

  • participate in induction and monthly meetings;
  • attend group meetings and carry out other activities to complete projects or events;
  • meet with representatives from Victorian Government departments and/or community organisations;
  • participate in capacity building, networking and community outreach activities;
  • communicate and collaborate with the MYN between meetings; and
  • Provide advice and present to Ministers on matters affecting culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse youth. This might be through Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC) or the Office for Youth (OFY).

For more information on MYN, check our Frequently Asked Questions.


Submitting an application

There are a few different ways you can apply to participate in the MYN.

1. Submit an online application.

Complete the form - MYN Online Application Form.

2. Submit a hand-written application.

Download the written application form.

Download a large print version of the written application form.

Complete and sign the form, and send:


Post

Multicultural Youth Network 2017 Applications
Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division
Department of Premier and Cabinet
GPO Box 4698
MELBOURNE VIC 3001

Email

Scan and email the form, send to: myn@dpc.vic.gov.au.

 

3. Submit a video application

Using the questions in the application form, submit a video application.

Submit by following these steps:

1. Upload your video to your Youtube channel
2. Click "Info & settings" right underneath the video in the toolbar of options
3. Click on the privacy dropdown to see privacy options - Public, Private and Unlisted
4. Select Unlisted
5. Save changes
6. When this says "All changes saved" - go the top right hand corner of your video and click on the "Share" arrow.
7. Copy the link and include with your application, send to myn@dpc.vic.gov.au

Find out more in this support article.  

Key dates to remember


Applications for MYN 2017-18 close on Monday 3 July 2017 at 5pm.

The Department will review applications and invite shortlisted candidates to interview (via email) in late July 2017.

All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application.


About the Multicultural Youth Network (MYN)


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.


The MYN is chaired by the Victorian Multicultural Commission Youth Commissioner. It is comprised of young people from a range of faiths, cultures, ages, geographical locations and life experiences.


The MYN is supported by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott and the Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos.


The MYN meets once a month, and as well as highlighting key issues facing young Victorians, members have the opportunity to deliver presentations on diversity, faith and culture in Victoria, develop youth-led projects and their own skills in responding to some of these issues.


MYN members have been involved in a number of initiatives including:

  • Developing and implementing youth-led projects on employment, mental health, 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; and
  • Participating in the “UBUNTU” Youth Stage as part of the Viva Victoria festival in 2012 to 2016.

More information about MYN projects and activities can be found in the following reports:

Annual Reports: 20082009201020112012201320142015

Research Briefs: 20132014

More information

If you have any questions about the Victorian Multicultural Youth Network or the application process, please contact the Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division at myn@dpc.vic.gov.au.

Please contact us if you need a large print version of the above documents.