Multicultural Youth SA
What does this organisation do?
Multicultural Youth South Australia Inc (MYSA) takes a leadership role in ensuring that disadvantaged children and young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds have the opportunities and support they need to fully participate in the life of the community. MYSA currently services approximately 4000 children and young people per year, many of whom have high and complex needs including homelessness, family breakdown, social, behavioural and mental health problems, drug and alcohol problems, disengagement from school, family and community, and a pre-migration history of trauma and loss or separation from family.
Increasingly, MYSA has been supporting young people struggling to secure stable employment. Census data shows that South Australia has the lowest workforce participation rates for refugee youth aged 18-24 years relative to the rest of Australia. This is a source of legitimate concern as the South Australian refugee youth population is growing annually at a faster rate than the national rate. We also know that young refugees experience a range of individual, social, cultural and systemic barriers to employment. Current responses to tackling youth unemployment are simply not working and innovative ideas and approaches are needed, which is why MYSA have been working to develop a social enterprise to provide training and employment opportunities to young refugees.
Young people disengaged from education and work
We all want the best for our children and young people but the evidence suggests that if young people are not engaged with work or education their future wellbeing is in jeopardy. They are more likely to experience social and economic disadvantage, poorer physical and mental health and be at risk of social exclusion in the short and longer term.
Low income families and the long term unemployed
Employment is a significant factor in our wellbeing. Employment provides financial independence, improves our physical and mental health, expands our social networks and builds our skills.
On the flip side, long term unemployment or underemployment negatively impacts our wellbeing. It contributes to poor mental and physical health, social isolation and poverty. And it can negatively impact the wellbeing of our children.