Meet our team
Hello! My name is Catherine (she/her) and I am one of the Training Leaders in the YMCA Victorian Youth Parliament program. When I’m not making the worst (therefore the best!) dad jokes and puns, I am reading with a good cuppa. I am excited to bring my experiences in intersectoral advocacy at both systematic and individual levels as well as policy consultation with the Victorian Government, Parliament House and community organisations to the program. My vision for the year is that every individual explores their potential and is empowered to become their own best selves.
Hi! My name is Georgia and I'm the Community Connection Manager. When I'm not working or studying, you can usually find me at home with a book in hand or bingeing The OC. I'm excited to bring my experiences in communications and stakeholder engagement to YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament. My vision for this year is for every participant to gain the experience they need to feel comfortable advocating for the things they care about most in Parliament and beyond.
Hi I’m jack and I’m one of our Community connections leaders for Youth Parliament this year. When I’m not procrastinating writing uni essays you’ll probably find me with a musical instrument in my hands. I’m excited to bring my experiences in community engagement and stakeholder management to YMCA Youth Parliament/ YMCA Youth Press Gallery. My vision for this year is to get as many of your beautiful (Allbeit virtual) faces in front of Pollies and stakeholders as we possibly can!
Hi! My name is James Paleologoudias and I'm one of the Wreck Leaders. When I'm not getting down and having a boogie, I'm DJing extremely poorly! I'm excited to bring my experiences in my political studies at the University of Melbourne as well as my time as a participant on YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament itself. My vision for this year is to facilitate an inclusive fun-filled time for all participants and Taskforce.
Hi! My name is Ally and I'm the Logistics and Welfare Coordinator for the program this year. If I'm not listening to the Jonas Brothers' latest album...well, I'm listening to their Disney-era music. The Jonas Brothers were never a phase - they're a lifelong commitment. I'm very lucky to have spent time supporting young people in lots of different spaces - in schools, on leadership programs and even overseas - and I am super excited to bring all of that experience to Youth Parliament and Youth Press Gallery this year. My vision for this year (other than chatting Jo Bros) is to have the program be a safe, comfortable and accessible space for every single young person.
Hi! My name is Kerg and I'm the Program Director for YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament. When I'm not readying my snacks for a QandA binge session, I'm re-designing my Google Calendar for maximum efficiency. I'm excited to bring my experiences in recreation and community building for young people alongside my experience working in research and advocacy for the Victorian Government to these amazing programs that have really shaped my life for the past few years. My vision for this year is that every person who is involved with the program leaves with a sense of growth and connection to themselves, each other and their communities Victoria- and world-wide!"
Hi! My name is Matthew and I'm a Training Leader for 2020. When I'm not surfing or taking photos , I'm balancing work and uni whilst jumping between my countless hobbies like rock-climbing, playing guitar and skating. I'm excited to bring my experiences as a participant on both YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament and YMCA Youth Press Gallery as well as being an advocate for self-learning, upskilling and inclusion to these programs. My vision for this year is to empower others young people to push themselves, to learn new skills, make new friends and to have grown in confidence that will stay with them for a long time after the program has finished.
G'day g'day! My name's Meaghan and this year I'm a Training Leader and Head of House. When I'm not perusing the streets for hard rubbish gems or acroyoga-ing in the park, I'm burning pots and agitating house mates in attempt to further my cooking abilities! I'm excited to bring my experiences in conducting social design projects at uni, and working in tight-knit building and construction teams to the YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament/YMCA Youth Press Gallery. My vision for this year is #1 to have a bloomin' good time! And #2 ensure each and every one of us walks away feeling better connected and aware of our individual and collective strength and power!!
Hi! My name is Nicholas and I'm the Youth Governor and also a Parliamentary Training Leader for YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament 2020. When I am not playing board and card games, I'm usually creating unnecessary spreadsheets and playing around with the amazing-ness of pivot tables. I'm thrilled to bring my experiences in advocacy to this program and to all the participants that are a part of the program this year. This program has moulded how I lived my life since the day I started. My vision for this year is to ensure that everyone who comes into the program comes out with a new sense burning desire to make change outside of Youth Parliament.
Hi! My name is Olivia Beasley and I'm the Community Connections Leader. When I'm not working, I'm either studying or binge watching on Netflix while petting my lil cat. I'm excited to bring my experiences in advocacy and stakeholder engagement to YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament/YMCA Youth Press Gallery. My vision for this year is to achieve plenty of learning and networking opportunities!
Hi! My name is Raiane (pronounced Hay ah knee) and I’m the Logistics and Welfare Leader for Youth Parliament 2020. When I’m not strategically planning a maccas run to buy a frozen coke, I’m usually doing some random activity (whether that be having a picnic in the botanic gardens, a Brunswick savers run or navigating around the NGV for the third time that week) usually none of which involve doing my readings for university. I’m excited to bring my experiences in recreation and inclusivity to YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament/YMCA Youth Press Gallery. My vision for this year is to help create a safe and welcoming space so that every single young person in our program is able to feel a sense empowerment, growth and community - taskforce included!
Hellooooo! My name is Ruby and this year I am the Parliamentary Training Manager. When I am not organising the Training portfolio and all things parliament, I am busy juggling multiple jobs, volunteering, riding my bike, and my final year of full time study. I am so excited to bring my way too enthusiastic and loud personality to YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament. My vision for this year is to simply inspire young people.
Hi!!! My name is Matisse and I am a Parliamentary Leader for YMCA Youth Parliament. When I’m not writing bills or epic session plans, you can find me getting lost in another documentary or book (not like in a nerdy way just in a really cool, thought- provoking way, I still have a life way). I’m excited to bring my experiences of activism and leadership to this amazing program. My vision for this year is to foster a environment that results in every person who is involved in the program feeling empowered, connected and confident in building and seeking change within their communities.
Hello Hello! My name is Hiep and I am a Head of House for the 2020 YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament. When I'm not putting my body through excruciating pain playing soccer and badminton, I'm getting brunch/ lunch/ dinner with my friends. I'm excited to bring my experiences in working for not-for-profits alongside my experiences volunteering for a plethora of different organisations to an incredible program that I have been lucky enough to be a part of for the past few years. My vision for this year is to ensure that everyone feels welcome, as well as providing a safe space in which EVERY voice is heard!
Hi! My name is Alex and I'm one of the Wreck Leaders! When I'm not helping people solve escape rooms, I'm generally going to be wasting time at the NGV or ACMI. I'm excited to bring my experiences in theatre, in particular improv and theatre sports, to YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament! My vision for this year is to build a space where any young person, no matter how shy or extroverted they are, can feel like they're at the centre of one of those feel good friendship movies.