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.
Youth Administration & Customer Services Officer
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.
Mahamed ('Mo') Ahmed
Youth Programs Coordinator
Mahamed has worked at the YMCA for over 5 years where he began as a customer service officer at YMCA Head Office and worked
his way to becoming an executive assistant with the YMCA Victoria Youth
Services team. During his time with the Y, Mo developed a passion in working with
young people and decided to pursue a career in youth work, and is currently completing his Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work) at RMIT. In his spare time Mo also works with young
people from new and emerging communities by getting involved with numerous local
community organisations and sporting clubs, he gets a kick out of assisting
young people in reaching their full potential. And, he is the proud
father of three beautiful children!
"Learn to be grateful for what you already have, while you
pursue all that you want.” – Jim Rhon
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.
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
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!