I believe that young people have the ability to make a change in our world. Youth have the capacity to see things from a different perspective, which is refreshing, passionate and exciting. With support, they can make positive choices and become leaders within their community as they navigate the curve balls life throws at them.
Having lived in Geelong since I was a child, I am passionate about the youth of this city. With over eight year’s experience mentoring youth and young adults, I have a thorough understanding of issues they experience and I enjoy coming alongside them in this crucial stage of life.
At the age of 25, I have graduated with my Bachelor of Social Work from Deakin University, and am currently completing my Masters Degree in Community and International Development. My experiences have taken me to the Northern Territory where I worked extensively with Indigenous youth, establishing youth programs and doing casework with families. I have also worked with youth of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds of many nationalities who are settling into Australia.
My goal is to see young people connected with their local community so they can gain the support needed to feel valued, safe and understood. This vision compelled me to found the non-profit organisation Hope Movement in 2012. As the Director of Hope Movement, I have been able to delve deeper into the topics of mental health, self worth and community, understanding how they directly impact the individual.
I have previously volunteered in school study support programs, and as a youth leader in local churches over a period of seven years. This has allowed me to mentor and support youth of various backgrounds and ages. My passion culminated in a Diploma of Ministry, which I received in 2015 through Harvest Bible College. My own experiences through high school and university have deepened my compassion for young people going through such a difficult life transition.
Practicing from a strengths based perspective and anti oppressive frameworks, I believe that allowing an individual to express their narrative will create a sense of identity and worth. I believe in empowering others, so they can overcome their trials and live in the knowledge of their own worth and ability to make a difference in the world.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor of Social Work- Deakin University–2015
- Founder and Director–Hope Movement AU
- Restorative Justice Training–2015
- Cultural Training–2015
- Suicide Bereavement Training-The Salvation Army–2015
- Student Social Worker–YMCA Katherine–July to October 2015
- Student Social Worker–Anglicare Katherine–June to July 2015
- Student Social Worker–New Hope Foundation Inc.–February to May 2014
- Diploma of Ministry–Harvest Bible College–2015
- Youth Leader–Waterfront Christian Church–2010-2014
- Youth Leader–Barrabool Hills Baptist Church– 2008-2009
- Red Frogs Chaplaincy–2009
Australian Association of Social Work
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