Who is WYPIN
The Western Young People’s Independent Network (WYPIN) is a youth-led independent organization comprised of young people of diverse backgrounds based in the Western region of Melbourne. WYPIN’s committee of management is comprised of young people aged 12-25 years. At its core, WYPIN is a youth empowerment and youth advocacy group.
The WYPIN committee meets on a monthly basis at a minimum to develop programs that will benefit newly arrived and culturally and linguistically diverse young people in the western region of Melbourne. WYPIN engages a number of young people each year in a variety of programs that focus on capacity building, empowerment, engagement, advocacy and challenging racism in the community. Working from principles of youth empowerment and youth advocacy, WYPIN’s programs are designed and implemented by the young people on the WYPIN committee.
Melbourne City Mission has been auspicing WYPIN for eleven years.
The importance of Youth Participation
Youth participation aims to actively involve young people in the decision making process about issues that affect or interest them. It’s about ensuring young people are supported to engage in all areas of life at an individual, organisational and community level.
Youth participation is essential to better policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. It not only has demonstrated value, but it is a political right. Youth participation has been recognized in the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989).
Youth initiated organisations-where young people are the creators, participators and decision makers with adults- is the most authentic form of youth participation. WYPIN is one of the longest standing youth initiated organisations in Australia.
WYPIN wants a multicultural Australian society with an understanding between people of different cultures and ethnic backgrounds.
WYPIN aims to achieve its vision through facilitating programs that focus on the following;
- Capacity Building
- Challenging Racism
WYPIN began in 1989 by a group of 7 young refugees who were passionate about challenging racism and social issues in the community. This group wanted to generate positive change for diverse young people.
Today WYPIN is comprised of over 59 young people, 24 of which form a Committee of Management. WYPIN is a leading youth voice in the west.
Why we exist
WYPIN exists to achieve its vision of an inclusive multicultural society. Furthermore, WYPIN is demonstrative of a wider, more fundamental civic principle: youth participation.