Shout Out

Shout Out is a leadership program for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds designed to enable young people to speak up for themselves and share their experiences and views on a range of topics with a variety of audiences.

How does it work?

  1. Browse the speakers – get an idea of what our speakers can offer
  2. Decide what you want – what, when, where and how?
  3. Fill in the Speaker Request Form
  4. MYAN WA will confirm a speaker
  5. MYAN WA will put you in touch with a speaker
  6. You liaise with your speaker about the event.

Shout Out

It provides an opportunity for inspiring young people to develop skills in public speaking and media relations on topics they feel passionate about.

While there are many specialist voices willing to talk about youth issues, we think it’s often more insightful and meaningful to hear from the real experts – young people.

If you have an event, conference, workshop or meeting that would be enriched by a multicultural young person speaking passionately about a range of subjects, Shout Out can help. 

About Shout Out

Why Shout Out?

Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds have a wealth of unique perspectives and fresh ideas to contribute to Australia’s rich diversity. However their voices are often stereotyped, marginalised or invisible in mainstream culture and this can damage their ability to feel like they belong.

Shout Out is an opportunity for young people to redress the balance and present their stories and experiences to audiences that may not usually have the chance to hear them.

Who is it for?

Our speakers have been trained to deliver fresh, engaging and thought provoking perspectives for a range of settings across Perth including:

  • Schools
  • Local Councils
  • Community events
  • Business and Corporate Sector
  • Community organisations and groups
  • State and Federal Government Departments

Our Speakers

  • Present on topics from their perspectives and experiences
  • Act as emcees for events
  • Deliver keynote speeches
  • Act as panel members
  • Provide comment for media outlets

Examples of Topics

  • Multiculturalism / Cultural Diversity
  • Education
  • Refugee Experience / Journey / Settlement
  • Asylum Seeker Experience
  • Participation / Volunteering / Leadership
  • Racism / Discrimination
  • Bullying
  • Identity and Belonging
  • Health and Wellbeing / Mental Health
  • Sport / Recreation
  • Empowering Women
  • Justice and Police
  • Drugs and Alcohol
  • Family Violence
Meet Our Speakers
Tamkin Essa

Tamkin Essa

Tamkin is an outgoing journalism and international relations student, who works part-time and still manages to carry the prestigious title of ‘Full-Time Afghan Extraordinaire’. She has an admirable passion for human rights, helping others and a projectable voice that does not go unheard. In her spare time, she enjoys nothing more than being an Aunty and a good role model for others.

Rasa Islam

Rasa Islam

Born and raised in Bangladesh, Rasa uses her personal stories and experiences to advocate for diversity in Australia. She is currently studying biomedical science at UWA and is a great art aficionado, exhibiting her work in Perth and Bunbury. Rasa strives for personal and professional excellence in the future alongside impactful contribution to the society.

Parul Goplani

Parul Goplani

Parul is a volunteer, health science student and receptionist by day…and an avid reader by night. Her volunteering and work commitments see her actively invested in the socio-cultural, educational and developmental side of the Australian community. In her free time she enjoys food tastings, watching Netflix and talking about the world.

Amran Abdi

Amran Abdi

Amran Abdi is extremely passionate is a 21-year-old single mother who’s a part of the Shout Out speaker’s bureau- an initiative spearheaded by the youth Affairs Council. Amran uses her experiences as a young, Somali, Muslim women to bring about understanding of the many cultures and communities she belongs to. Amran has recently self-published her first Children’s book entitled, ‘The Rainbow Hijab’ which follows the tale of a young girl who upon losing her favourite Hijab uncovers the value her colourful companion holds. Through her book, Amran aims to bring about positive dialogue surrounding the hijab. As an Early childhood educator, Amran is passionate in playing a positive role in shaping tolerant and enthusiastic “little people”.

Yosef Asresse

Yosef Asresse

Yosef was born in Sudan and his heritage is Ethiopian. Yosef is a business student at Curtin University, who is passionate about inspiring the youth and bringing out their full potential. One of his greatest achievements was representing Tasmania in soccer at the Australian Institute of Sports and being selected in the All Star squad at nationals in Futsal. Though still passionate about soccer, Yosef now focuses on his personal development and university studies.

Shakila Mohammadi

Shakila Mohammadi

Shakila is very passionate about human rights, and education. Shakila grew up in Afghanistan where most people do not have the opportunity to obtain an education, and she believes that education is the potential power. She is currently a diligent university student and is constantly participating in events related to migrants and refugees’ rights. Shakila is also involved in WA university students associations; helping and supporting first year university students from migrant and refugee backgrounds in achieving a higher education.

Musa Kamara

Musa Kamara

Musa is an enthusiastic and energetic speaker who loves to inspire others to reach their full potential. Musa has a very creative mind and loves to incorporate his interest for fashion, dancing and storytelling into highlighting the many challenges faced by young newly arrived Australians.

Golda Signal

Golda Signal

Golda is an energetic and funny Acholi woman from Northern Uganda. She has made some significant contributions to the Western Australian youth scene through drama, visual arts and literature. Her love for the arts inspired her to join the Sharing Stories Youth Theatre Ensemble, which allowed her to also mentor groups of culturally diverse young girls in performing arts to develop confidence and life skills from 2011 to 2016.

Anisa Mire

Anisa Mire

Born and bred down under, Anisa is a young Somali Australian, enthusiastic about community growth and development. By pursuing her passions in Anthropology and Sociology she hopes to be a catalyst amongst fellow young people of colour to pursue their own ambitions in their plight for a better life.

Wahida Samim

Wahida Samim

Wahida is a witty and ambitious Afghan Australian who is passionate about women and girl’s education. She has been influential in the establishment of Salsaal Integration Association and has been active in encouraging girls to become more engaged in the community. Her ambition is to live in a world where education is a reality for all. She considers herself optimistically realistic and is a believer of the theory, give me a good mother and I will give you good nation.

Hossein Silawi

Hossein Silawi

Hossein is a young Iranian refugee who arrived in Australia late 2012. He completed his year 12 studies at Kolbe Catholic College whilst learning English. He always fascinated other students by telling his story to the different school year groups. He is employed by the school as the Information, Communications & Technology Systems Officer. He likes to use his story of migrating to Australia to explain how important freedom and democracy are.

Samatar Geyre

Samatar Geyre

Samatar is an MC and active ambassador for CYALA (council for young Africans living abroad). He is particularly driven by his passion for issues regarding culture and identity. Samatar aims to provide a platform for young Australians from different backgrounds to be able to navigate their identity and cultural issues in a productive, positive and empowering manner.

Vithan Thillairajah

Vithan Thillairajah

Vithan is a stoic character who from fleeing the hostility of Sri Lanka, has overcome many challenges here in Australia including racism, bullying, learning difficulties and the subsequent low self-esteem and confidence issues that coincide. Through sharing his story, Vithan instils hope and belief to the people around him. He’s also passionate about finding one’s identity and the importance of education and mental health. He is studying to be a doctor at the University of Western Australia and volunteers with various organisations in his community.

Fatema Shalemie

Fatema Shalemie

Fatema is a political science and international relations major who is also learning French. She preaches for positive change in the realm of social justice and lives to defy stereotypes. Her aspirations are to become a journalist, reporting on the socio-political influence that war has on migrants and the plight of refugees across the world. Her Afghan heritage has influenced her as a self-proclaimed kebab critic and having been raised as an Australian citizen, she identifies as a toasted sandwich connoisseur.

Book a Speaker

If you have an event, conference, workshop or meeting that would be enriched by a multicultural young person speaking passionately about a range of subjects, Shout Out can help.

  • About You

  • About Your Speaking Opportunity

    Please provide as much notice as possible (3 weeks minimum) when making a Shout Out speaker request. This time is needed to organise a speaker as well as provide sufficient time for speech writing and preparation.
  • Please give us an overview of the type of event you are hosting and any further details you wish to express.
  • :
  • Please provide building name if applicable and street address.
  • Eg. key note speech, presentation, panel discussion, casual talk
  • Approximate
  • Please note: We cannot guarantee your preferred speaker will be available on your event date. If you wish to have another speaker at your event, you can select your second speaker preference as an option below. If you select no preference we will provide you with a speaker tailored to your event details and topics of discussion.
  • If you wish to choose more than two speakers please let us know who you would like to speak at your event.
  • Please note: Our speakers will speak on these topics from their own perspective and/or experience
  • Your Audience

    In order to find best speaker for your event we need to know about your audience.
  • Eg. school students, age/level, service providers, corporate/business, community group/club, general public, government sector etc
  • Speaker Safety and Comfort

    The safety of our speakers is paramount. Some of the issues they talk about can be sensitive and can result in challenging behaviour or confronting questions from audience members.
  • Costs

    The aim of Shout Out is to promote the views and perspectives of multicultural young people as worthwhile and valuable to public discussions. As such, we suggest a minimum of $100 payment for the Shout Out speaker to recognise the value they bring to your event as well as cover costs associated with transport and the development of their presentation. If you do not have a large budget, please consider a gift or certificate of appreciation. The speaker fee can be negotiated with the speaker once they are confirmed.
  • Additional Information

  • Next Steps

  • Once you submit your request, you should receive an automated email confirming your request. MYAN WA will endeavour to make a speaker for your event. We may contact you for further information or clarification if needed.

    Please note , our staff work part time and need to liaise with a number of young people prior to confirming your booking. However if you do not hear from MYAN WA with a week of making your request please contact us on 9227 5440.

    Once a speaker has been confirmed, you'll receive an email that connects you with the speaker and provides their contact details. It will also ask you to outline;

    1. Transport and parking options
    2. How to access the venue
    3. Who will be the contact person on the date and their contact number
    4. Technical equipment including audio visual

    From here, you'll be able to liaise directly with the speaker regarding any changes to or cancellation of your event.

    If your event is cancelled for any reason, please advise both the speaker and MYAN WA with as much notice as possible

    If a booked speaker needs to cancel, they will inform you as soon as possible and MYAN WA will aim to find a replacement.

  • Legals

  • SHOUT OUT SPEAKERS BUREAU USER AGREEMENT
    1. Shout Out is administered by Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network WA (MYAN WA) supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to build better lives in Australia.
    2. The views and opinions expressed by Shout Out speakers are not necessarily those of MYAN WA.
    3. Fees are negotiated between the booker and speaker MYAN WA is committed to protecting your privacy, read our policy here.
    4. You will be required to sign a full agreement when your booking has been confirmed. I have read and agree to the terms and conditions as outlined above.

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