Real on-the-job experience for young people

The Youth Mentoring Community Placement [YMCP] Program  (formerly Youth Internships Initiative) 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 young people, who are considered to be marginalised, and employers within the local community. It creates benefits for both parties bridging the gap and providing opportunities, professional networks, new skills and hands on experience to help young members of the community with their future careers and potential paid job opportunities.

Community 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 community placement. Young people are matched with a mentor from a professional background as part of the community placement, to offer guidance and support for the young person for up to nine months. This offers a much more supportive experience and assists in navigating challenges of the community placement and gaining paid employment.

The YMCP program has been created to help marginalised youth gain access to skills and experience that would be otherwise unavailable. For this to be accomplished, we need two key players:

  • Young members of the local community, willing to learn!
  • Employers in the community who are willing to teach!

How do you join the YMCP program? Easy!

All we require from a young person is:

  • To be between the ages of 16-24
  • To have some connection to the Moonee Valley or Maribyrnong area (Friends, family, previous school, sport clubs etc. in the area)
  • To be currently unemployed
  • To be willing to volunteer their time for 1-2 days per week over 10 weeks

Read success stories  from previous interns

Find out where previous interns have been placed.

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

  • Having a young person for one to two days per week for 10 weeks
  • Ensure a member of staff is able to supervise a program participant while providing a relevant learning experience

What’s in it for you?

For all enquiries, contact the Youth Mentoring Community Placement Project Officer, Laura Buerckner on 0491 286 814. To apply for an internship, fill in an expression of interest form and send this along with your resume to Laura Buerckner.

Engage! funding

We are very thrilled to announce that we are Engage! funding recipients from 2018 to 2020.

Engage! is part of the Victorian Government’s vision that every young person should have the opportunities and support they need to reach their full potential, including those who face disadvantage.

The grant is supporting our amazing Youth Mentoring and Community Placement program to continue till 2020. Such great news!!!!

Big thank you to our partners at Maribyrnong Youth Services for supporting the application.

For further information  on Engage! visit Youth Central.

MMVLLEN acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.

For further information:

Youth Mentoring Community Placement Report – 2017

The Youth Internship Initiative is supported by the Victorian Government.