Now recruiting Youth Researchers for 2021-2023, apply now.

Explore provides an opportunity for young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to have direct input into the research that impacts their lives. 

The project supports a partnership between young people and researchers in order to enhance the relevance and responsiveness of research (and post-research responses) to young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. 

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

About Explore members

Known as Youth Researchers, Explore members 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.

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.

Become a Youth Researcher

In this role you will,

  • Meet and consult with young people and relevant stakeholders on a broad range of issues
  • Identify and speak on key issues affecting refugee and migrant youth
  • Provide advice to CMY and partners on responses to the issues affecting refugee and migrant young people
  • Directly contribute to research and propose new ideas
  • Be involved with an extensive network of research and advocacy professionals
  • Speak at and/or attend events and training sessions, including monthly meetings
  • Develop personal networks

Who can apply?

  • Young people, aged 16-25 years old who have a refugee or migrant background
  • Are able to attend the monthly meetings, CMY Youth Volunteer Induction on 10 November 2021, and the Project Orientation and Training on 13 November 2021.
  • Committed to addressing and advocating for issues faced by young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds
  • Are willing to consult with young people and other key stakeholders
  • Have analytical and problem-solving skills, with a capacity to be flexible

To apply

Please read the Terms of Reference and Position Description before applying.

Applications close Wednesday, 20 October 2021.


For enquires about becoming a Youth Researcher, please contact:

Zoraida Salazar | Multicultural Youth Worker
E | zsalazar@cmy.net.au
P | (03) 9340 3772

Meet our 2019-2021 Youth Researchers

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:

Willow Kellock | Policy Officer
E | wkellock@cmy.net.au