Youth Advisory Group

The NYC Youth Advisory Group is a sub-committee of the Youth Development Australia Ltd Board (auspice of the NYC). It has been formed from a diverse group of young people from all over Australia chosen through a public EOI process.

 

The role of the NYC Advisory Group is primarily to advise the Executive Officer of the NYC on an ongoing basis on how to effectively engage a diverse range of young Australians in the NYC process.

Alexandra McClean

Alexandra McLean

Alexandra McLean is the Chief of Staff at Oaktree Foundation. In this role, she manages the People and Operations portfolios and plays a key role in creating a meaningful and positive experience for young people across the country. In her time at Oaktree she has overseen the development of a new recruitment strategy, their first Diversity Plan, and was selected as a representative for an exchange trip to India. Alex has also consulted on youth and diversity for major NFP organisations and held events and communications roles at Oaktree. Alex has a Bachelor of Medical Science and is currently completing a Master of Science.

angela Bijimba

Angela Bijimba

Angela Bijimba was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is a Year 12 student who is passionate about ending discrimination, building confidence and community participation. Over the years, Angela has been involved with many different activities within her community of Geelong and is looking forward to being able to share her story with you. Aside from volunteering at the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Angela enjoys playing soccer, cooking and spending quality time with friends and family. She is also passionate about engaging in the community and is a member of Business Professional Women, BPW and Engage. Angela believes that change happens through commitment, resilience and hard work.

Natasha Ritchie

Natasha Ritchie

Natasha Ritchie is the Managing Director of Titjimbat (Teachabout Inc.), a youth-led not-for-profit organisation that facilitates community programs in remote communities in the Northern Territory. She has Bachelors of Law and International Relations and a pre-Masters thesis focusing on human rights law. Natasha is an Executive Board Member of the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) and is a member of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Indigenous Rights subcommittee. In 2017, Natasha was named a Young Social Pioneer by the Foundation for Young Australians. Natasha is currently interning with the Chief Judge of the Local Court of the Northern Territory, and working with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency.

Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan

Julia Morgan is 22 years old and lives in Perth, Western Australia. She is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma of Health Promotion at Curtin University after finishing her Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Julia’s primary areas of interest are sexual health and mental health. She works with the Youth Affairs Council of Western Australia as a peer educator for the Youth Educating Peers Project delivering sexual health information to young people and the youth sector.  She also volunteers for local mental health charity Zero2Hero presenting workshops to young people about how to stay mentally healthy and as a mentor on their leadership camp, ‘Camp Hero’.

Winbta Eyob

Winta Eyob

Winta Eyob is a student at Monash University studying a Bachelor of Commerce. She is a current member of one of the committees of the Multicultural Youth Network, which liaise with government on issues effecting young Victorians from diverse backgrounds. Winta is passionate about leadership and serving communities, her goal in life is to make the best use of every opportunity to grow, develop and help communities. Winta is an also a member of the Good Shepherds Youth Advisory Group.

Elizabeth Wooley

Elizabeth Wooley

Elizabeth Wooley has a BCM (Hons) degree in Media Design as well as a strong foundation in youth mental health first aid, health awareness messaging, design and advocacy. She has had a long involvement in her regional Headspace, the National Youth Advisory Group and National Youth Brains Trust group for Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre. She has always been committed to being involved in the community and her ultimate goal is to work in a socially responsible vocation where she can make a difference.

Ibrahim Taha

Ibrahim Taha

Ibrahim Taha is 18 years old and has recently graduated from High School with a Premier’s All round excellence award in Year 12. He is a proud Australian of Lebanese descent. Ibrahim has grown up in Western Sydney and worked with his local Auburn council as part of the Auburn Youth Advisory Committee (AYAC). Since the amalgamation of Councils he has participated in the Cumberland Council’s Youth Strategy 2017-2012 focusing on issues affecting young people in his community. He  recently received the ‘John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award’ at the NSW Government House by the Order of Australia NSW branch.

Crystal Moon

Crystal Moon

Crystal Moon is a tenacious young woman who has been in the youth advocacy space for over 5 years. With a strong focus on shifting perceptions of disadvantage to highlight skills and talents, Crystal has worked hard to bring the often muted voices of young people to be heard and create positive change. Crystal has worked at Berry Street in Youth Engagement for 2 years, is a Mirabel Youth Ambassador and a mother herself. Through her lived experience Crystal sheds light on often dark topics and creates strategies to break stigma, elevate youth engagement and demands accountability. “We know where the cracks lie – because we are the ones who fell through them,” she says.

Megan Sturges

Megan Sturges

Megan Sturges is a Master of Research student at Macquarie University in the Department of Sociology. Her research is focused on the private tutoring industry, which is a topic that allows her to combine her interests in education, economics and industrial relations. Megan currently works with young people at the Blue Datto Foundation, where she facilitates the ‘Keeping Safe’ program. ‘Keeping Safe’ is a driver’s safety program delivered to year 10 students in schools. Megan has previously been an intern with Youth Action NSW, where she worked on a report on school suspension policy. Megan is passionate about many issues that effect young people and hopes to become an agent for change in the area of youth transitions and employment.

Dominic Anderson

Dominic Anderson

Dominic Anderson is a graduating student from Bond University with a passion for international relations and an ability to mix with all types of people. He runs a youth entrepreurship organisation, and is keen to contribute to the National Youth Commission.

Paddy Malone

Patrick Malone

Patrick Malone who prefers to be known as Paddy Malone is a passionate advocate for young people in Victoria. He has  previously been part of numerous youth organisations including Melbourne City Missions – Youth Action Group and has worked with a variety of students within University Residences. He loves to spend his spare time in the outdoors and is currently working within a purpose driven Law Firm in Melbourne’s CBD. Paddy is keen to be involved in facilitating a space for young people to be at their best and thrive within our economy.

Rachael Laidler

Rachael Laidler

Rachael Laidler is a young and motivated individual with over 3 years experience in youth and mental health consumer representation across Australia. Throughout this time Rachael has worked tirelessly to purposefully represent the lived experience of mental health consumers and young people, and support consumers and young people to represent themselves in all levels of policy and service delivery. She has previously worked with a range of government and non-government organisations including Headspace, Youth Action NSW, Being, The Brain and Mind Research Centre and the Mental Health Commission of NSW.

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