Multicultural Youth South Australia Inc (MYSA) is a leading community-based, not-for-profit organisation that provides a diverse range of services and programs to support multicultural young people and young families living in South Australia.
Together we can help young people be the best they can be.
MYSA works towards a community where all young people are equipped with the resources and opportunities to fully participate in social, cultural, economic and political life. MYSA inspires and challenges young people to work towards their goals and full potential at their own pace and according to whatever stage of personal, social and cultural development they are at. MYSA serves young people through research and policy development, sector development and capacity building, direct service delivery and community capacity building.
MYSA is committed to advancing the needs, interests and concerns of multicultural young people at both a state and national level. This is achieved by reflecting the qualities of good leadership including vision, innovation, inspiration, adaptability, wisdom, competence, communication, self-evaluation and confidence.
Our approach integrates the following activities to support young people:
Providing direct support to young people.
Assisting local communities and social infrastructure.
Supporting the community services sector.
Leading research and innovation.
Tackling the challenges for youth at risk head on.
Advocating for change.
A community where all young people are equipped with the resources and opportunities to fully participate in social, cultural, economic and political life. This includes:
Advancing the interests of young people.
Delivering quality in service.
Producing meaningful outcomes.
Engaging & collaborating with the community.
Driving change to improve the wellbeing of young people.
Promoting positive awareness of our multicultural youth.
Care + qualifications = success.
MYSA is governed by a Board of Management who together are responsible for the overall strategic direction of the organisation. MYSA’s senior management team consists of highly qualified and experienced personnel with graduate and postgraduate qualifications in social work or a related discipline and extensive experience in multicultural youth service delivery.
Ms Tamara Stewart-Jones has 12 years current leadership and service delivery experience in the human services in both mainstream and multicultural contexts. She has extensive knowledge and experience in responding to a range of social issues and problems, having worked across service areas as diverse as settlement, health, homelessness, drug and alcohol, crisis intervention and domestic violence. Ms Stewart-Jones has duel qualifications in primary health care and transpersonal counselling and her experience includes service planning, development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, sector development and capacity building, and income generation and sustainability.
She advises on multicultural issues in a range of forums to inform policy and service delivery to multicultural communities. Her stakeholder engagement includes partnerships and relationships with government Ministers, policy makers and program managers and a wide range of government and non-government service providers, schools, community groups, and private business sector organisations.
The Leadership at MYSA is reflected across multiple areas, including:
MYSA is the only multicultural youth specific organisation that has achieved accreditation with Australian Service Excellence Standards (ASES). This is an internationally accredited quality improvement program owned by the Department of Human Services.
MYSA has initiated, developed and implemented a range of innovative programs. MYSA's achievements have been recognised through several awards including Governor's Multicultural Awards and the African Australian Achievement Awards.
MYSA is a founding member of the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network (MYAN) Australia. The MYAN is the nationally recognised policy and advocacy body representing multicultural youth issues. It is comprised of representatives from each of Australia's states and territories.
As a leader in the field, MYSA has presented at a range of state, national and international conferences in both an academic and industry context over the past 10 years. This includes health and mental health conferences, cultural diversity conferences and child, adolescent and youth development conferences.
MYSA was originally known as the Multicultural Youth Network of South Australia (MYN-SA). MYN-SA was formed in response to a national project undertaken by the Australian Youth Policy Action Coalition (AYPAC) and the Federation of Ethnic Communities' Councils of Australia (FECCA).
The project aimed to encourage the multicultural and youth sectors of each state to work together to establish a network to focus on multicultural youth issues. The network worked to raise the profile of issues facing multicultural young people and encouraged peak and government bodies to take action on specific issues and areas of concern.
In 2002 MYN-SA became incorporated and changed its name to Multicultural Youth SA (MYSA). MYSA’s head office is currently located in the CBD of Adelaide. MYSA also has a second site in West Croydon and has access to several other locations where it provides outreach services to clients.