MYT 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. MYT is a partner organisation of the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network of Australia (MYAN).

MYT Youth Advisory Group participants:

  • Participate in quarterly meetings to inform the work of MYAN
  • Undertake leadership and advocacy training
  • Facilitate a state level advocacy activity per year
  • Contribute to statewide youth consultations to ensure the voice of multicultural young people is represented in youth policy and strategy in Tasmania.
Ratu Yazid

Ratu Yazid

Advisory Group Member
Hello! My name is Ratu, I am a Malay Singaporean student living in Hobart. I have always been passionate about being an advocate for young people. As a young person myself, I strongly believe our voice matters, and it is important for it to be recognized in the society we live in today. My goal as an individual is to always offer any support I can to others and find solutions for issues affecting young people. I hope to work with other young people in creating positive change and build a community of inclusion for our society.

Magda Gamar

Advisory Group Member
My name is Magda Gamar and I’m of a Sudanese background. I came as a refugee 11 years ago to Tasmania from Eritrea. I’m an Arts student majoring in journalism and politics and hoping to work as a journalist in the political field. My passion in life is helping others, such as young people because I believe we need our young leaders voices to come and change the world with the strength of our ideas. In the future I hope to be an active activist helping bring attention to and address human rights issues and equality whenever I can.

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.
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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.
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Brutukan Melkamu

Advisory Group Member
My name is Brutukan Melkamu. I am Ethiopian/Kenyan. I live in-between cultures and we all do live in-between no matter which part of the world we are from. This is what makes us unique and strong as individuals/community. I am very passionate about multicultural issues and community development which lead me to choose my career goal as social work. I am currently studying Bachelor of Arts, majoring in sociology at the University of Tasmania. I am also very fortunate to be working for the Alcohol and Drug Foundation as a Project Administrator. The reason as to why I am very passionate about my job is because of the Organisation's mission to minimize and prevent harms caused by alcohol and other drugs in the community. Moreover, volunteering with organisations such as MRC Tas is another way of developing my skills to achieve my goals, to create a significant impact in the community, to inspire others and create a platform for other upcoming leaders, because leadership is a privilege for me to better lives for others 😊.
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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.

Shaima Adinah

Advisory Group Member
My name is Shaima Adinah and I am from Afghanistan. I came to Australia with my family as a refugee four years ago. I am currently living in Launceston and studying Bachelor of Nursing at University of Tasmania. I am somebody who gets immense satisfaction from helping people and working alongside others to achieve a common goal or task. This is the reason why I want to become a nurse in the future. In addition, I am interested in equitable access of youth from non- English-speaking backgrounds to equal education, employment, and healthcare services. They experience significant challenges in their education, finding the job, navigating and accessing healthcare services due to language barriers. The MYT Youth Advisory Group is where I can discuss and identify these issues with other young people and then take action to solve it.
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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.