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Youth Researcher, Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health Centre

Youth Researcher (paid internship, 35 hours/week, 9 month contract)

Overview: With support from the Young Canada Works Multiculturalism Internship Pilot Program (YCWMIPP), Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health Centre is seeking to hire a youth intern for the position of Youth Researcher to strengthen the youth focus and youth participation in our services and research. In particular, the Youth Researcher will be involved in two of our community-based research projects exploring key determinants of health for newcomer and racialized groups. The Youth Researcher will receive appropriate training in research and other skills as part of this position. Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health Centre works to promote health and well-being and improve access to services for immigrants and refugees in Toronto by addressing medical, social and environmental issues (

  • Main responsibilities will include
  • Outreach and recruit youth from racialised communities, particularly from recent immigrant and refugee groups, to participate as community researchers/collaborators
  • Assist in providing support and training to youth participants from ethno-cultural/racial communities;
  • Work collaboratively with other youth participants to strengthen youth voice and youth focus in our services and research projects;
  • Assist in designing and conducting community-based participatory action research that investigates key social determinants of health (income security and mental health services in particular) for racialised and newcomer groups;
  • Coordinate a youth-led collaborative film making project to explore barriers and discriminations faced by newcomer and racialised groups in the labour market.

You are invited to apply if you

  • are a member of racialised community between the ages of 18 and 35 years are legally entitled to work in Canada;
  • are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status in Canada;
  • are an unemployed or underemployed college or university graduate (educated in or outside of Canada); young people who have dropped out of school and experiencing difficulties in finding employment are encouraged to apply as well (support and training will be provided accordingly)
  • are strongly committed to community development and social justice and have some work/volunteer experience in community development.
  • Have excellent communication and outreach skills;
  • Have strong interest in issues faced by immigrants, refugees and racialized communities;
  • are committed to working with low income, multi-lingual and multi-racial communities from an anti-oppressive/anti-racist framework;
  • Are flexible in terms of work schedule (some evening and weekend work may be required);
  • Fluent in English; knowledge of additional languages is desirable.

AAMCHC is comitted to the elimination of all forms of opression and encourage applicants from equity seeking groups, in particular youth of color who are recent immigrants, refugees.

Hours: 35 hours/week (with some flexibility in scheduling).  
Duration: 9 months; starting February 10th, 2007
Compensation: $14/hr  
Deadline: February 1st, 2007
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Application Process

Please send your resume and a cover letter that answers these questions:

  • Why are you applying for this job?
  • What skills, experiences or networks will you bring to this position?
  • What do you think you can learn through this opportunity?


Yogendra Shakya
Research & Evaluation Coordinator
Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health Centre340
College Street, Suite 500
Toronto, ON  M5T 3A9
Fax: (416) 324-9074