Real on-the-job experience for young people

The Youth Mentoring Career Pathways [YMCP] Program is dedicated to creating and providing opportunities for young members of the local community. Allowing young people to gain real on-the-job experience and the ability to develop new transferrable skills that are suitable for many positions available in today’s job market, increasing their chances at gaining paid employment.

The YMCP program brokers relationships between marginalised young people, mentors and host employers within the local community. These relationships provide young people that are unemployed or underemployed with an opportunity to develop professional networks, new skills and hands-on experience to help kick start a young person’s career path.

Young people can choose to participate in the following opportunities:

  • Mentor program for a minimum 9 months
  • Work placement for a minimum 10 days
  • Skill building workshops

Since 2017 the Youth Mentoring Career Pathways (YMCP) program has supported over 100 young people with their employment and education goals and over 70% gained employment during or post program.

View the outstanding results from our 3 year evaluation!

How do you join the YMCP program? 
• Be 16-24 years old
• Be connected to the Moonee Valley or Maribyrnong (live, study, socialize etc.)
• Be currently unemployed or underemployed

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To apply

Complete the application form.


Young people are carefully matched with a mentor from a professional background. Mentors provide individual support and guidance with career pathway planning for a minimum of nine months.

Mentors can assist with:
• Resume writing
• Looking for jobs
• Preparing for interviews
• Goal setting
• Practicing English
• Education and Career pathways
• Expanding your networks

Our 2019 survey of youth participants identified 89% had “made a lot of progress and achieved set goals”.

Work placement

Work placements are one to two days per week, for 10 weeks. Program participants will also be covered for travel and lunch expenses ($20 per day) while taking part in the voluntary work placement.

What new skills could i learn? 
• Administration
• Customer Service
• Community engagement
• Communication
• Time-management
• Project management
• Networking
• Office work experience

Skill building workshops

Workshops are a great way to expand your knowledge, connect with other young people and mentors to learn new skills that support you personally and professionally.

We run workshops online and in person and cover a range of topics including:
• Job readiness and preparing for work
• Career and life coaching to reach your goals
• Discovering your passion and purpose
• Self-care for wellbeing and building resilience

Highlights video (when formerly called Youth Internship Initiative)

For employers, all we need is for you to commit to:

• A staff member to supervise and guide the young person during their placement
• A relevant learning experience (not just the young person shadowing employees)
• A safe, hands-on learning environment

Who do I contact?

For all enquiries contact the Youth Mentoring Career Pathways Coordinator, Laura Buerckner on 0491 286 814 or via email.

To apply

Complete the application form.


Winner of AMA Award for Organisation supporting African communities.

Funding partners

Big thank you to our funding partners Victorian Government through Engage! funding (2018-2021) and Maribyrnong City Council Youth Services.

MMVLLEN acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.