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The opportunity to create positive change in a young person’s life.


Our volunteers are at the heart of what we do, and we cannot thank them enough for the passion and commitment they bring to supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds.

More than 700 volunteers are currently involved in a range of CMY programs including mentoring young jobseekers, sharing insights with newly-arrived young people on their settlement journey, supporting young people in police custody, or contributing to our youth leadership programs.

Please take a look through the following opportunities to see which one would be the most suitable for you.

Volunteer opportunities

Ucan2

Through a variety of group activities at educational institutions, Ucan2 volunteers share their work, study and life experiences in Australia; act as positive role models, help young people practice English; and help foster young people’s confidence to make social connections and develop their skills. Find out more & apply

Employment Empowers

Employment Empowers is looking for volunteer mentors from all walks of life to join our program to support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.

Mentors support and empower young people towards securing employment, pursuing their career goals, developing a better understanding of Australian workplace culture and how to access the labour market. Find out more & apply

ENVISION Employment

ENVISION Employment is looking for volunteer peer facilitators to act as mentors to newly-arrived young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds, specifically those who have been in Australia 5 years or less.

The aim of the program is to improve the career outcomes of youth who often find it difficult to secure meaningful, lasting employment in Australia because of diverse and complex challenges. Find out more & apply.

 

Youth Referral and Independent Person’s Program (YRIPP)

YRIPP Independent Persons are volunteers who attend police interviews with a young person at a police station, when a parent or guardian is not available. The role provides an important opportunity to support young people at a critical time and to help divert those at risk of future offending. Find out more & apply

Online VCE Support Program

In partnership with Edmund Rice Community and Refugee Services, CMY is delivering free online VCE Study Support sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 4pm – 6pm, starting in the September school holidays.

Apply here:
Volunteer Registration Form
VCE Study Support_Volunteer Position Description

More information here. 

Learning Support Programs

CMY’s Education team supports schools and other organisations to run Out-of-School-Hours Learning Support Programs or Homework Clubs for students from migrant and refugee backgrounds. Volunteers support students with literacy, numeracy and study skills, help build confidence, self-esteem and feelings of connection to school and the wider community. Find a program or club near you

PLEASE NOTE: All CMY volunteers are required to complete a Police Check and a Working with Children Check. This is considered a minimum standard for child safety in the sector. You are also likely to go through a recruitment process that includes interviews and reference checks.

Employment Empowers volunteer

Breaking down barriers to employment

Read about how volunteer mentor Katherine supported Ngot on his employment journey.


Ucan2 volunteer

“It’s the best two hours of my week.”

As an ex-teacher, Gerry missed the enthusiastic energy young people brought to her everyday life and was keen to work with them again.