Each year, Brimbank Youth Services offers students in Brimbank and their schools the opportunity to train in qualitative research skills.

These sessions are run by academic researchers from Swinburne University to support you in developing the key skills you need to undertake thorough, ethical and robust research.

Across four sessions in a year, young people receive an interactive, hands-on experience learning and applying research skills while having the opportunity to work with other schools.

In 2022, the Young Researchers conducted research on the following topics:

  • Improving Attendance at School
  • Drug and Alcohol Initiatives in Schools
  • Sense of Belonging
  • Examining perspectives of young people on barriers and solutions to create an inclusive school community
  • Student’s perspectives on a culture of inclusivity and respect within a public high school in Melbourne’s West

The program culminates in a presentation to school leadership teams and Brimbank City Councillors. Participants have this opportunity to share their research findings and recommendations to be implemented at their schools.

Sessions are held once per term from 9:30am-12:30pm in the Visy Cares Hub, Sunshine. Young people can participate in the program via their school.

If you are a principal, teacher or student and would like more information on the 2023 program please fill in the EOI form below.

    Young Researchers in Schools Program Expression of Interest Form

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