About Ohana

Our mission is to empower young people with the skills to achieve success. Our aim is to develop 21st century citizens, who become life-long learners, who are productive, compassionate and engaged participants in their communities.

Advantaged Thinking

Thinking brings Ohana’s vision for young people to life by making positive investments rather than supporting deficits. It challenges us to shape a world in which young people are trusted and celebrated- It’s a journey for a different type of youth charity and social movement.


Empowering Youth and
bringing their dreams to life


Aaron Devine

Aaron is committed to supporting students achieving their goals and in seeking to ensure all students have access to quality education irrespective of social, emotional or financial barriers.

Aaron is a respected Educational consultant working in tertiary and school education. Until October 2016, Aaron led TAFE Queensland Brisbane in the role of General Manager. Aaron was also the Chief Executive Officer for the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE, and Pro Vice Chancellor at Charles Darwin University. He worked as a Solicitor in Victoria where he practiced in Commercial Law, Civil Litigation and Employment Law. Aaron served as a Senior Adviser to the former Premier of Tasmania, the Hon Jim Bacon AC and Senior Policy Adviser to the Paul Wriedt MHA when he was the Tasmanian Minister for Vocational Education and Training.

Meet Our Talented People

The Team

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External Relations and Manager Ohana for Youth
Carmen Auer

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.

Trina Hockley AM

Trina’s business interests are located on both the Gold and Sunshine Coasts and Wollongong. Highly sought after for both her business and governance acumen, she is on the board of TAFE Qld…

Amanda Johnson

Amanda is a CPA and has extensive financial accounting experience. Amanda has been providing taxation and business advise to small to medium businesses…

Youth employer champion
Julia Whitton

Julia is passionate about assisting all young people into meaningful careers.

Julia had chaired the Community Investment Committee for Youth Employment on the Gold Coast, been an Employer Champion for Youth Employment…

Executive Director for Government Partnerships and Policy - UQ
Shannon Willoughby

Shannon Willoughby is The University of Queensland’s Executive Director for Government Partnerships and Policy. Working with the Vice-Chancellor and President, Shannon drives strategic engagement…

CEO of Eximm
Vicki Tod

Vicki Tod is the CEO of Eximm, a company delivering a range of specialised integrated property services to domestic, commercial and government clients across Australia.


OUR History

Ohana for Youth is a Gold Coast not-for-profit charity that for over 26 years has supported over 150,000 young people and their families.

Ohana values young people as unique and talented contributors to community through our organizations Advantaged Thinking philosophy. https://www.foyer.net/pages/advantaged-thinking

At Ohana we have we have work with young people young to develop their capabilities, resources, networks, and opportunities to transition successfully from education and training into long-term employment and thrive within their community.