Settle Smart Peer Educators

Below is all the information you need before you apply to become a Settle Smart Peer Educator. Please read carefully before submitting your application.


1.      What does the project involve?

This project involves young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds being empowered to share information with other young people from newly-arrived, culturally diverse communities. The program has two parts.

A team of Peer Educators have already developed content and activities and have been going out to schools and delivering information sessions. The new Peer Educators will join them and undertake training in leadership, facilitation and presenting, before co-delivering at least 2 information sessions each to newly-arrived young people. Peer Educators will also have the opportunity to develop content for 4 additional sessions.

Sessions will be organized by CMY, and held at English language centres throughout Melbourne.

Peer Educators must successfully complete the training and actively participate in planning sessions prior to delivering a session. Peer Educators are offered an honorary payment of $25 per site visit for the delivery of information sessions. (No honorary payments are provided for training or planning sessions.)


2.      Why become a Peer Educator?

  1. Receive training to develop your leadership, presentation and facilitation skills
  2. Build your confidence
  3. Meet other like-minded young people and make new friends
  4. Deepen your understanding and awareness of the issues facing newly arrived young people
  5. Get a sense of empowerment and contribution to the community


3.      Who can apply?

We are looking for young people who:

  • Are aged between 18-25 years
  • Have had a settlement experience (came to Australia as a migrant or refugee)
  • Are fairly confident in written and spoken English
  • Can commit to working with others in a team
  • Are passionate about helping others
  • Have some availability during school hours for session delivery


4.      What’s the commitment like?

Volunteers need to be available:

  • For two full days of initial training on September 21st and 22nd at CMY in Carlton.
  • To attend regular catch ups on Thursday afternoons from 2-4pm with the other peer educators for reflection and planning from October-December 2016 (regularity of further catch ups in 2017 to be decided with the group).
  • To deliver at least 2 information sessions during school hours, sometime between October 2016-June 17.


5.      How can you get involved?

Start by filling out and submitting an application form during recruitment! Applicants will be invited to participate in a group interview, after which referees may be contacted. The chosen applicants will be invited to training, and need to complete a Working with Children Check (free for volunteers) and Police Check (costs covered by CMY). We will start recruiting again in 2018. Watch this space!