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Michael Collin​​​g   LinkedIn-Logo-500x500.png

Youth Services Manager
Michael has worked within the youth sector for two decades, predominantly in local government, NGO's and school settings across Australia.  In the mid-2000's, he wrote and co-hosted award-winning radio specials for NOVA FM which tackled youth suicide prevention, and in 2007, Michael's first book, The Other Side of Blue, was published to much acclaim.  Michael has twice received nominations for Australian of the Year for his work in mental health promotion with young men, including the establishment of a national charity in 2013.  The BETTERMAN Foundation aimed to empower local communities, particularly rural/remote Australia, working together to positively engage their young men with a focus on suicide and violence prevention.  In addition to his role at YMCA Manningham, Michael has recently commenced post-grad studies in International & Community Development and enjoys spending time with his young family.

Min Thomas

​Exectutive Assistant
Min has worked in administration and customer service roles for a little over a decade.  Min brings a friendly face with a warm heart and is passionate about helping young people.  For around six years of her life, Min was also a travelling DJ, playing gigs and festivals all over the world which opened her eyes and heart to the many challenges young people face across the globe.  Min dedicates herself to bringing a positive and peaceful approach to all, young and old.

Shun Wong

Youth Programs Worker
Shun is working with YMCA Manningham Youth Services on the Y-Inspire! Youth Mentoring program, Evolve leadership and self-development program, Youth Parliament, and Youth for Causes.  Shun also works part-time as a high school Learning Support Officer and has academic qualifications in Psychology and Community Services.  When he’s not working, Shun enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing sport, watching films, going on weekend getaways, and volunteering as a mentor.

Tristan Joss

Youth Programs Worker
Tristan has worked in the health and wellness industry for over a decade. He is passionate about helping people to reach their fullest potential. Tristan has proudly assisted the Manningham community to achieve their health and wellness goals through work at the YMCA Aquarena for the past 7 years.
During his time there he has worked as a health and fitness consultant, massage therapist, hydro therapist, Y-exercise fitness facilitator and volunteer youth mentor.Tristan is a qualified osteopath and works in private practice part-time. Tristan's commitment and enjoyment in working with youths and the community has seen him taking on more program roles within the youth services team. When he's not working, watching netflix or playing the ukulele he enjoys hanging out with his friends, family and backyard chooks, playing mixed netball, seeing bands, and cheering on the mighty Bombers.

Matthew Hooper

Youth Programs Worker
Matt’s YMCA journey began seven years ago as a program participant, on Pixelated which was formerly known as ‘The Lab’. He continued on in Pixelated as a volunteer and he quickly became an integral part of the program. His hard work, commitment and determination paid off as he is now co-facilitating the Pixelated program he has helped shape. Matt is a positive role model for the young people he works with – he believes in order to connect with young people we must speak to them as equals.
I want to ensure this program remains a great social environment for all the participants, I know what this program meant for me and I want to pay it forward.” - Matt Hooper

Emma Bell

Youth Project Worker- Skills 4 The Future
Emma has worked in the community services sector for both not-for-profit and local government settings since graduating from university in 2012, where she studied a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Disability & Health Promotion) at Deakin University. Since graduation, Emma has worked and volunteered in youth and disability services in various roles such as support work, youth leadership, education, community capacity building, advocacy and project coordination.
In 2017, Emma completed a Graduate Diploma of Business (Project Management) to upskill and complement her interest in community project work. Emma is currently working with YMCA Manningham Youth Services on the ‘Skills For The Future’ project (funded through VicHealth). Emma is excited about working in this role and seeing the benefits that it provides for young people transitioning into work and the community.

Penny Maher - currently on extended leave

Youth Support Worker 
Penny graduated at Latrobe University in 2010 with a Social Work and Human Services Double Degree and is now registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers. In 2011 Penny joined the Manningham YMCA Youth Services team, starting off as a volunteer for the Disability Programs. Years later she is now our Passionate coordinator for both the Youth Empowerment Program and the Youth Support Program, developing and delivering both school and community programs as well as providing one on one support to young people. (Yup, that’s hundreds of young people who she’s had the pleasure of empowering!). Aside from her serious addiction to peanut butter, Penny has a talent for inspiring young people to challenge themselves and loves nothing more than making even the smallest difference in their lives!

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