Our Youth Reference Group

Youth participation

For us youth participation refers to the practice of involving young people in delivery and decision-making in their communities. Youth participation empowers young people through opportunities to be actively involved in decision-making, research processes and programs. Young people’s actions have positive outcomes, and learn skills to support their own and the wider community’s development.

Our Youth Reference Group (also known as a Youth Advisory Group) is a passionate group of young people aged between 15 – 17 who meet regularly, primarily to ensure our projects are youth-friendly and relevant to young people, their families and the community, and to support youth development of:

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Youth participation and agency is valued and critical to the success of our work. Young peoples input help our team develop more effective research processes, policies, and programs, and increase our relevance to youth. 

We are committed to listening to our reference group and engaging in multiple and meaningful ways to contribute.

Our Youth Reference Group are involved to:

  • develop youth leadership, critical thinking, problem solving, conflict resolution and communication skills
  • mentorship
  • contribute suggestions and ideas of change
  • provide feedback on our research projects that are partially or well developed
  • share input into particular work or projects on a regular basis.

The engagement of our youth reference group consists of:

  • one-off consultations for a particular project, for example focus groups, surveys or forums
  • ongoing involvement of our group in the planning and implementation of research processes such as the participatory nature of our methodology.

We’re currently recruiting youth for our Youth Reference Group. If you know of someone, or you are aged 15-17 living and in Victoria we’d love to hear from you! Please fill in our expression of interest form and we’ll get in touch:


Our call:

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Co-lead by our Youth Advisory Group Research Officer: Louisa Trainer (Louisa.Trainer@monash.edu)