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.
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.