Calling young people to be a Peer Researcher

Published on Friday, 20 October 2023 at 4:24:52 PM

As part of developing a new Youth Informing Strategy, Shire of Mundaring is calling for six young people to be Peer Researchers to help the Shire connect with young people.

Young people aged 16 to 25 years who work, live, study, or use groups and services in the shire are invited to put their hand up to become a Peer Researcher and earn up to $600. 

Shire of Mundaring Chief Executive Officer Jason Whiteaker said the Shire was keen to talk to a wide variety of young people to find out what actions and outcomes to focus on when developing the Shire’s new Strategy.

“The Shire is currently reviewing its Youth Informing Strategy 2017-2022 and the current approach to youth services,” he said.

“This process will see engagement undertaken that will inform development of a Strategy which will provide direction over the next five years to make the shire the best place it can be for young people. 

“As part of this process, we have a unique opportunity for young people to become peer researchers and develop their experience and skills as a changemaker in their local community.

“It is an excellent opportunity to build real-work ready skills that will look great on their resume and in-turn will help the Shire to understand the issues that are important to young people.”

What is required of a Peer Researcher

The Peer Researchers will be paid to help the Shire design a youth survey, postcards and youth workshops, and give advice on how to promote these opportunities to young people. 

They will also gather 30 surveys from young people and hold vox pop interviews with two to three young people aged 12 to 25. 

Mr Whiteaker said the peer researchers will need to commit to each phase of the project including training, co-design, survey delivery, interviews and debriefing. 

“There are three key sessions to be held between November and January, with a fourth optional workshop to be held in February,” he said.

“With the end of year holidays approaching, young people must ensure they can commit to all of the dates.” 

The survey and vox pop delivery phase will run from Thursday 23 November to Monday 15 January. 

How to apply

Applications to be a peer researcher close Sunday 5 November.

For more information, including key session dates, and to apply visit the Shire’s Youth Informing Strategy page on the website. 

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