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A partnership between young people and researchers to enhance the relevance and responsiveness of research (and post-research interventions) to young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds.


Explore members (known as Youth Researchers) have undergone training to develop facilitation, research and co-design skills and knowledge, and have been introduced to a range of tools that promote youth participation in research, consultation and evaluation. 

Youth Researchers draw upon this training, as well as their lived experience to engage directly in any stage of the research process, including:

  • Workshopping themes, topics or scope of research.
  • Design, co-design or consultation on research methods.
  • Facilitation or co-facilitation of focus groups and interviews, dissemination of surveys and participant recruitment and engagement.
  • Analysing data, reviewing research tools, translating findings.
  • Program Evaluation.

If you are interested in engaging a Youth Researcher to support your research project, please fill out the form below.

Who we are

We are a team of young people from wide-ranging cultural, academic, and community backgrounds driven to push the standards of youth engagement in research.

We are motivated by a passion to address the biggest challenges that our generation faces: racism, discrimination, mental health and employment, among others.

Our aim is to build bridges between young people and researchers, so that research can achieve meaningful change in bettering the lives of young people.

Explore is funded by Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies (CRIS) in which CMY is an integral community player.

As co-researchers/advisors

We draw upon our training and lived experience as young people, students and professionals to inform the direction of your research, ensuring that the methods being used and questions being asked, are relevant and responsive to the research cohort.

We use our youth participation expertise to ensure that other young people are meaningfully involved in research to strengthen the depth and quality of research involving them.

As facilitators

We are experienced facilitators who talk to young people as partners—rather than just research subjects. We facilitate research that belongs to young people as much as academics, ensuring young people remain actively engaged throughout the research process.

We use our knowledge and position as young community members, to conduct interviews and focus groups that are culturally and age appropriate.

As data analysts

We bring a diversity in perspective and experience that will add nuance and insight into data analysis, and help communicate research back to young people and those from CALD backgrounds in a meaningful and relevant way.

Meet our Youth Reserachers

Alex Lee

Hiruni Walimunige

David Cao

Zahra Sitou

Ezatullah Eiwaz Ali

Komal Grewal

Jane Chen

Phuong Ngyuen

Chris Phung

Explore Booking Form

If you are interested in engaging a Youth Researcher to support your research project, please fill out your details below and our Project Officer will be in touch.

If you have any questions about engaging an Explore Youth Researcher, please contact:

Gemma Minuz | Project Officer
E | gminuz@cmy.net.au
P | (03) 9340 3758