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Ucan2 recognises the need to provide additional support for young people (16-24 years) who are newly-arrived to Australia and from a refugee or migrant background.


Please note: Ucan2 will continue in an online format during the COVID-19 lockdown, however we will not be recruiting any new volunteers until further notice. You are welcome to submit your application, but please understand that it will be reviewed at a future date.

CMY engages a community of passionate and volunteers who encourage and support young people through group activities in an educational setting.

Ucan2 is a partnership between CMY and Foundation House, and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs.

Volunteer with Ucan2

What are the time commitments for volunteers?

Ucan2 runs one day a week for 6 months (16-18 weeks) at multiple educational sites across Melbourne, on a Tuesday, Thursday or Friday afternoon.

Ucan2 volunteers attend their allocated site on the same day of the week, approximately 2.5 hours in the afternoon, anywhere between 12.15 to 3.45pm.

*Please note: allocation to sites and exact session times may not be confirmed until close to the start of the Semester.

What do Ucan2 volunteers do?

Through a variety of group activities, 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.

Ucan2 volunteer

“It’s the best two hours of my week.”

Read Gerry’s Story


Ucan2 participant

“They helped me realise that I’m job-worthy and job-ready, and that I could work in whatever field I liked. Sometimes you need that extra push…”

Read Milad’s Story


What are we looking for?

We are looking for people who:

  • Can commit for a full semester (16-18 weeks)
  • Are interested in building social connections and sharing their experiences
  • Can provide support to young people; and are interested in doing this in a culturally sensitive, welcoming, positive and non-judgemental manner.

How to apply

Applications now open for Semester 2, 2020.

Delivery days, times and locations will be confirmed by Ucan2 agency partners closer to the start of the semester.

Please make sure to read the Ucan2 Volunteer Position Description before applying.

If you are interested in supporting young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds AND you meet the requirements of the role outlined in the Position Description, complete your application today!

If you have any questions about volunteering with Ucan2, please email us on ucan2@cmy.net.au.

May 2016

Ucan2: Volunteer Reflections