Multicultural Youth Queensland (MyQ) is a youth-led, innovative not-for-profit organisation that provides targeted services, programs and projects to improve life outcomes for young people aged between 12 and 30 years. Although only in our present form since 2012, we have a long history in youth work dating back to 1984.
Our parent company and auspice, Access Community Services Ltd (ACSL), was initially established to provide employment programs to support disadvantaged youth living in Logan. Since then, our involvement in multicultural youth issues has expanded significantly to include a focus on youth-led systemic advocacy to influence government policy and programs, sector development and capacity building.
MYQ responds to youth needs using a multi-pronged approach:
1. Sector Development Work
We provide training, advice, information, resources and other support to build and strengthen system, sector and organisational capacity and cultural competence. MyQ is the state policy, advocacy and service delivery body for multicultural young people and the only Queensland voice representing multicultural youth issues. We provide policy and program advice to key policy and decision-makers to improve conditions and outcomes for multicultural young people.
At the core of MyQ’s sector development work is the MyQ Youth Council. The Council provides a platform for advocacy, leadership, and change for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds in Queensland. MyQ engages and consults with the Youth Council in formulating policy responses, developing programs, and delivering services.
2. Direct Service Delivery
We deliver a broad range of youth-specific settlement, engagement, sport, arts-led, case management and other services, programs, and projects to support the development and participation of young people in community life.
3. Youth Capacity Building
We provide support to young people and community groups to enable them to identify realistic, positive and achievable goals and develop sustainable solutions to their own needs.