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Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth and Family Services unveils a fresh look and strategic approach


Organisations  working with Aboriginal youth met today at the launch of a new look for Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth and Family Service (MAYFS), held at the Adelaide Zoo.

MAYFS is a dedicated Aboriginal service with a focus on diverting young people away from the justice system and toward improved life outcomes.

Launch part of NAIDOC week

The event unveiled new artwork for MAYFS and a fresh strategic approach during this year’s NAIDOC week celebrations.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme ‘Get Up! Standup! Showup!’ celebrates the strength of community, which plays an essential role in keeping youth safe and connected to culture.

Cheryl Axleby (former MAYFS Director) and current Director Dale Agius discussed these themes at the event, along with Aboriginal perspectives and ways of working together to support Aboriginal youth and their families.

MAYFS artwork showcases connections

Aboriginal artist Shane Mankitya Cook (Wulli Wulli and Guwa (Koa)) created the new MAYFS artwork which depicts the connection between a young person and their family, and how a family’s connection to community and culture, walk alongside them to strengthen their life outcomes.

These connections are carefully and confidently supported by MAYFS, guiding, and ensuring the young person and their family are involved at every stage of decision-making.

MAYFS recognises that young people are more likely to make positive changes in their lives if they have a say in decisions, have connection to a supportive family and community, and access to opportunities for learning and positive social connection.

Pictures from the event

Check out pictures from the event on the DHS Facebook page and share the news in your community.

MAYFS online

To learn more MAYFS’ services and referral options visit the MAYFS web page.

Page last updated : 06 Jul 2022

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