Maribyrnong Workers with Young People Network

Service providers that work with young people in Maribyrnong and beyond are welcome to join our Maribyrnong Workers with Young People Network.

It provides a forum for you to:

  • share information about upcoming activities you are working on
  • discuss emerging issues for young people in the municipality
  • hear from guest speakers. 


The network meets every bi-monthly on a Tuesday at

Phoenix Youth Hub

9am - 11.00am

Morning tea is provided.

2018 meeting dates:

6 February
10 April
5 June
7 August
9 October

Download(PDF, 677KB) the schedule, map and directions.

Tuesday 6 February 2018

Maribyrnong Youth Services stages forum in support of young South Sudanese Australians
Speakers were invited to the Maribyrnong Workers with Young People Network (MWWYPN), to address how community service providers working with young people can further support young Australian South Sudanese people in light of recent media and political vilification.

Representatives from the Centre for Multicultural Youth, the Flemington and Kensington Community Legal Centre and Victoria Police, including young South Sudanese people working the areas of community justice and youth work, presented to an audience of approximately 55 people. Conversation was wide ranging and included: understanding how racism informs and influences media bias, racialized perceptions of crime, engaging young South Sudanese people as community facilitators within organisations and supporting young people in the areas of education engagement and intergenerational relationships. Victoria Police stated that while there is a small number of young South Sudanese offenders in the West, these figures are greatly distorted by some media and political commentators.

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds and mental health
The meeting focussed on the mental health needs of, and services for, young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Speakers will include Julia Doherty, West Team Co-ordinator – Child, Adolescent & Family Program from Foundation House/The Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc, Katherine Monson, Coordinator, Community Development at Orygen Youth Health and young people from Health West’s A Seat at the Table project.

Tuesday 5 June 2018

LGBTIQA+ young people
Speakers include Mill O'Sullivan from Minus 18, Bobuq Sayed from Drummond Street Services' in/visible program and Elvis Martin, Ambassador for the Centre for Ethnicity’s Rainbow Connection/LGBTIQ online zine.

Tuesday, 22 May, 4-6pm at Phoenix Youth Hub

South Sudan Voice Performance + Discussion

Community members from the South Sudanese Australian community in Melbourne, and service providers working with young people in Melbourne's West, were invited to a performance by South Sudan Voice.
South Sudan Voice is a community-driven project using dialogue theatre to both bring South Sudanese Australians together, as well as bringing greater awareness of South Sudanese culture and issues to non-South Sudanese service providers and community members. The project is an initiative of members of the Melbourne South Sudanese community, Victoria University, and Free Theatre. The lived experience of community actors challenges audiences to engage in dialogue towards greater communication between participating members of the South Sudanese community and service providers.

Tuesday 7 August 2018

Young people in the Victorian justice system.
Speakers from WEstjustice , Jesuit Social Services and Whitelion

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Supporting young people both in care and leaving care

Speakers included Ashley Marquette from The Leaving Care Hotline and Transition to Independent Living Allowance (TILA); Fleur Hopkins from the Youthlaw Legal Pod Program; and David McGinnis, a Federation University partner of Raising Expectations.


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