About Us.

Multicultural Youth Support Services (MYSS) is a non-profit organisation that seeks to build resilience in young people who come from marginalised multicultural communities.  Supporting young people primarily within the African communities of  Victoria. We’re focused on facilitating connections and delivering practical and culturally appropriate services that strengthen our young people’s sense of belonging and achieves positive outcomes for families.

Guided by our vision that young people from refugee families are engaged, resilient, and thriving, we are:

community centred

We offer responsive and culturally appropriate services developed and led by our community.

FOCUSED

We are focused on achieving outcomes building resilience for young people with refugee backgrounds.

COLLABORATIVE

We are collaborative with the community and partner organisations to ensure that our members are given the very best opportunities.

HOLISTIC

We recognise the importance of families and the community in raising resilient children.

RESPONSIBLE

We take our responsibility to our members very seriously. We are dedicated to providing the absolute best support available

Young people from multicultural backgrounds have enormous potential to be active participants and contributors within Australian society.  However, young people experience settlement in ways distinct from adults, and as they navigate through life, growing up with cross-cultural knowledge and multilingual skills, their adaptability and resourcefulness can be impeded with significant barriers such as negotiating cultural identity, disruption to schooling, difficulties in accessing mainstream support groups and discrimination. We understand these challenges and have helped hundreds of other young people thrive through these conditions.

The work of MYSS also connects to the broader work with the South Sudanese Australian and other African communities across Victoria, and as we continue to partner with local organisations we acknowledge and thank the support of Department of Education and Training, City of Casey and The City of Cardinia,  Federation University, and Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet for their ongoing support.

It’s through our partnerships that our young people, and their families will continue to access resources and knowledge maximising the positive impact determined by the community, for the community.

BOARD MEMBERS

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PETER AGUTO

Born in South Sudan, like so many others Peter was forced to escape from his birthplace due to the civil war and sought safety in another country. He has now dedicated his life to supporting other young people from multicultural backgrounds to help them seize opportunities and achieve their best possible outcome.

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Mary Olaniyan

Led by an inherent belief in young people and their ability to make change in their lives, Mary has been with MYSS since the conception of the vision in 2014. She is an intergral part of MYSS and offers a vast range of experience, passion and support to all participants.

Danyal Diallo

Coming to Australia Danyal found it hard to get along, he always felt this sense of displacement- living in a new country. It is from his own personal experience that he is able to recognise struggles in others and offers proven, first hand experience and support.

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