Youth Matters Forum
The Multicultural Youth Queensland (MYQ) Youth Matters Forum was presented at BEMAC, Kangaroo Point on 10 July 2019. The forum provided a platform for multicultural young people, aged between 15-30 years to meet with stakeholders from the greater Brisbane area to share their knowledge, ideas and insights about issues facing them and their peers.
The event saw young people from a range of ages and backgrounds come together as well as a range of stakeholders. Approximately 182 people attended the event, however an attendance list was not taken on the day to determine who attended the event, and therefore a breakdown of service providers present, as well as demographic data is not available.
The forum included a presentation of the findings of the Multicultural Australia Youth Census Report, which was conducted by the University of Melbourne. The census was taken between 2017/2018, with approximately one third of participants recruited by MYQ, and was designed to map key service improvement areas required for multicultural youth within Australia. The key findings were presented by Rimi Khan, a co-author of the census report, and included feedback from MYQ Youth Facilitators who assisted with the collection of the data.
The forum also included a Youth Participation Panel, in which a panel of young people were invited to share their views on service engagements with young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds. The panel provided opportunities for stakeholders in the audience to ask questions and provide feedback on the issues presented. Information was also provided to stakeholders on the National Youth Settlement Framework and the MYAN Youth Participation Guide.