Metro YAG is now recruiting new members for 2022.

An opportunity for young people to build their advisory and advocacy skills and influence the work of CMY.

We recognise young people as experts in our work to ensure they are understood, accurately represented, and influential in Australian society.

Our Youth Advisory Groups (YAGs) provide an opportunity for young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to have input into CMY’s work, including program development and speaking on issues that should be at the forefront. 

Views and ideas expressed by YAG members have been instrumental in the decision-making processes of CMY management and the Board.

Being a part of CMY’s YAG is a great opportunity for professional development. Our Youth Advisors have the opportunity to:

  • Identify and speak on key issues affecting refugee and migrant youth 
  • Advise CMY on creating responses to the issues affecting refugee and migrant young people
  • Have the opportunity to help make a difference in how CMY does work; including contributing to program development and proposing new ideas
  • Learn how a non-for-profit operates and work alongside CMY staff to facilitate key events and programs
  • Speak at and/or attend CMY events and training sessions
  • Develop personal networks and have some fun.

We recruit new Youth Advisors for our YAGs in metropolitan Melbourne, Ballarat/Wimmera, and Gippsland at the beginning of each year.

The Youth Advisory Group is maintained with support of the Victorian Office for Youth.

Become a Metro YAG member

We’re currently looking for young people aged 16-25 from refugee or migrant backgrounds to fill new vacancies on our YAG.

Being on the YAG is an opportunity to meet like-minded peers, represent multicultural young people, and influence CMY’s work, including the programs we run and issues we focus on.

YAG members will meet monthly on the first Tuesday of each month. The placement is for two years, with a minimum of a one-year commitment.

YAG members must also attend an initial overnight Orientation Retreat from Friday 18th March to Sunday March 20th, 2022. This is compulsory, as it is a crucial part of team building for the program.

What does the YAG do? 
The YAG provides an opportunity for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to have input into the CMY’s work and implementation. CMY seeks to work alongside young people to ensure that their voices and ideas are expressed in the work we do.

At the Orientation Retreat, the YAG will decide on their priorities for the year. The YAG will then scope the current work of CMY, consult with young people and external stakeholders relevant to their priority areas. These findings will be transpired into a youth-informed state-wide forum and an output along with CMY’s Sector development and Policy team. The YAG will also collaborate with other Youth Leadership Groups within CMY, to provide a complex overview of the experiences of all young people working with CMY to Executive Management and the Board.

We aim to support YAG members to develop personal networks and have some fun along the way!

Who can apply? 
Young people aged 16-25 years old and who:

  • Have a refugee or migrant background (including young people born in Australia with parents/carers with a refugee/migrant experience)
  • Able to attend YAG meetings (first Tuesday of the month).
  • Commitment to addressing and advocating for issues faced by young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds
  • Willingness to consult with wide numbers of young people and key stakeholders
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills in order to provide feedback
  • In line with Victorian Government Vaccination requirements, the successful applicant must be fully vaccinated with a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine and provide evidence of COVID 19 vaccination prior to commencement.

For more information, please read the YAG Volunteer Position Description and Terms of Reference and APPLY HERE.

Applications close Sunday 16 January 2022.

If you have any questions or want to find out more before applying, please contact Stacey.

Contact us

Take a look at our 2021 Metro YAG members.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with members of CMY’s Youth Advisory Groups, please contact:

Stacey Mendes | Project Officer
E | smendes@cmy.net.au
P | (03) 9340 3700
M | 0452 521 954