MYAN TAS Youth Advisory Group

The Youth Advisory Group brings together passionate young advocates to support positive change in the lives of refugee and migrant young people across Tasmania. The group is comprised of members from a diversity of faith, gender, age, linguistic, ethnicity, migration, life and educational experiences.

Galia Bastoni

Advisory Group Member
My name is Galia Bastoni I am 23 years old. I was born in Syria and now live in Tasmania Australia. I currently work for Red Cross and the University of Tasmania as a Student Success Leader. I am passionate about human rights and will begin my studies in Humanitarian Law in 2019. My goal for the future is to become Human Rights Lawyer and support all people to enjoy their right equally as a human being. I am excited to engage with MYAN TAS and build my advocacy and leadership skills, not just for my own development but to effectively advocate for the rights and needs of others.

Zodinpui Bunghma

Advisory Group Member
Currently I am studying a Bachelor of General Studies (Arts Pathway) at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). My career goal is to be a social worker. I’ve also recently completed a training course in disability and am employed on a casual basis with St Giles in Launceston. I am passionate about helping others and also about giving a voice to young people from all communities living in Tasmania. I am a member of the Student Engagement Leader Team at UTAS. I have had the opportunity to speak at a few community forums but want to continue to develop my skills in this area and to discuss issues of real concern to young people. I want to continue to support all young people and to encourage them to take every educational and leadership opportunity that comes along, so they can develop confidence and have a real voice in Tasmania and Australia.

Mostafa Karimi

Advisory Group Member
My name is Mostafa, I am 18 years old and live in Launceston. I am interested in Human Rights and education. I think the top issues that young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds face are settlement and getting used to living in a new place. They need to learn how the system works, they may also be very lonely and make them feel anxious and depressed. English and education, learning which subjects and pathways to look at for their career is also another challenge for them. Besides, it is hard to find a job for young people with English as additional language. In the MYAN Tas Youth Advisory Group, I can bring up issues and we can try and work as a group to solve some of these. I like working with other Tasmanian youth from different backgrounds and coming together to share ideas. I have some experience in human rights and racism and I am interested in politics and would like to share ideas on this.

Fatema Fazeli

Advisory Group Member
Fatema Fazeli - 19 years old. Nationality from Afghanistan. Born and lived in one of the neighborhood’s country of Afghanistan. Came to Australia in 2015. Live in Hobart Tasmania. Went to Cosgrove high School, studied science and Maths. Currently studying at Claremont College year 13. Love to learn different and new concept of life 🙂

Zahra Gulestani

Advisory Group Member
My is Zahra Gulestani, I am an Afghan Australian living in Launceston. I became a MYAN Youth Advisory Group member to learn and understand more information and to meet different people from different backgrounds. It’s important to share ideas on what young people want and their future. Education is really important for young peoples’ future – you need to have this for a really good job. You need to study hard and also in future you can assist your children as well. But many children don’t have access to education, like in my home country.

Muna Koirala

Advisory Group Member
Hi, I am Muna Koirala, I am 16 years old, and I was born in Nepal I came to Australia with my Family in 2010 when I was 8 years old. I currently studying at Launceston College in year 11. I live with my parents and my younger brother who is 10 years old and I also have two older sisters who are both living out in Hobart to study at University and work. My older sister is a nurse and she graduated from Utas in 2016 and my other sister who is still studying at Utas in Hobart doing a Bachelor of business and Law double degree and she is in her third year. In the future, I want to be a journalist (corresponding) or a Flight attendant because I want to travel the world.

Panashe Nkatazo

Advisory Group Member
My name is Panashe and I’m from Zimbabwe, a country situated in Southern Africa. Unfortunate circumstances led to my father and I migrating to Australia, however, although having been blessed with the opportunity to live in a society that supports diversity, its very difficult to fit in because of the different cultural codes and conventions. This is the main reason why I’m an advocate for MYAN Tasmania, to help individuals of different ethnic backgrounds to participate and indulge in the endless amount of opportunity the country has to offer.