CALL FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN MULTICULTURAL NETWORK

CALL FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO JOIN MULTICULTURAL NETWORK

Posted on 21. Jul, 2010 in Victoria

Young people from any faith or culture are being offered the opportunity to join the Multifaith Multicultural Youth Network (MMYN), a proactive and dynamic group that works closely with the Brumby Labor Government on issues affecting young people.

Minister assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs James Merlino said the MMYN represented culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse young people and provided the Victorian Government with advice and information on issues that affect them.

“The MMYN is a great way for Victoria’s diverse young people to inform us about key issues facing them and in turn to develop projects which respond to some of these issues. I encourage young people to become involved and help shape our future,” Mr Merlino said.

Mr Merlino said young people aged 16-25 from across Victoria with an enthusiasm and passion for cultural and religious diversity should apply.

“We are looking for people with a passion for the topics of faith and culture and issues affecting young Victorians,” Mr Merlino said. 

“The MMYN is a forum where creativity and innovative ideas on how communities might learn, engage or promote cultural and religious diversity in Victoria are welcomed.”

The MMYN was established in September 2007 to provide advice to the Victorian Government, through the Victorian Multicultural Commission and the Office for Youth.

MMYN initiatives have included:

  • Assisting with the planning and coordination of the Faith and Culture Youth Forum 2007 and a state-wide youth forum in Swan Hill in April 2010.
  • Developing and undertaking two MMYN Schools Tours. The Tours involved members of the MMYN travelling to regional centres to discuss issues of faith, culture and human rights with high school students.
  • Participating in the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s Everyday People, Everyday Rights Conference in 2009 and the 2010 Diversity in Health Conference organised by the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health in June.
  • Participating in the Parliament of the World’s Religions and acting as representatives on the Parliament Youth Committee in December 2009.

 

The MMYN meets four to six times per year and involvement is on a voluntary basis.

Applications close 9 August, 2010 and information is available at www.multicultural.vic.gov.au

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