Young people with a refugee experience took photographs to shed light on their experiences of education or employment.

This project involved participants in the Youth Transitions Support Pilot, a federally funded program that aims to support young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds to participate in education or work. The Brotherhood of St Laurence delivers the Pilot in Melbourne’s north-western City of Hume, a region with a diverse and growing population and high youth unemployment.

Young participants were invited to join a Photovoice project. Developed by Caroline Wang and Mary Ann Burris, Photovoice is a powerful way of communicating people’s concerns and perspectives to policy makers through photography.

In this study young people used cameras to document their experiences of education or work, and the factors that help or hinder them. They described their images in relation to issues that concern them, and used them to advocate for positive change.


Visit the Youth Lens website, featuring the young people's photos and stories

Contact: Elena McKinlay elena.mckinlay(at) 

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