My experience in the youth community space, advocacy and policy combined with a and depth of knowledge what works for young people would enable me to support the AYAC board in its aspirations for young people.
As General Manager for Ohana for Youth (OFY) for over 16 years we have delivered Transition to Work (Gen Z Employment) youth employment service in partnership with Brotherhood of St Laurence in a Community of Practice consisting of 11 organisations nationally, Youth Connections Program and Youth Pathways, and numerous other programs and initiatives for young people. We also currently operate 2 Special Assistance schools (SAS) – Arcadia College and Ohana College supporting over 400 young people not engaged in mainstream education.
OFY currently facilitates a Gold Coast Youth Employment Body under the National Youth Employment Body where we bring together leaders across sectors with a shared purpose to develop strategies that benefit young people through harnessing the community and their expertise.
As the former manager of School Business Community Partnership Brokers Program with The Smith Family and Chair of the Partnership Broker National and State Networks I had the opportunity nationally to advocate at a federal and state level for the voice of young people I have a degree in Education and a postgraduate in Career Counselling with countless years working across community, education with a focus on young people.
“I believe in a bipartisan approach to young people and believe if we work together, we can create and strengthen pathways that support all young people into meaningful careers and thriving futures.”