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Michael Collin​​​g   LinkedIn-Logo-500x500.png  On parental leave Oct 2018 - Jan 2019

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.

Luke Moodie

Acting Youth Services Manager Oct 2018 - Jan 2019
Luke has been working with the YMCA Bridge Project for eight years after previously working in the finance industry for 10 years.  Throughout his time at the Bridge Project Luke has worked supporting, mentoring and inspiring young men and women into sustainable employment whilst also facilitating work-readiness and life skills educational programs throughout the state of Victoria.  Luke has a vast experience working in a number of different youth, adult and forensic correctional facilities where he has developed and facilitated educational and sporting programs.  Luke believes that everyone deserves a second chance and with a little guidance, education, support and belief, we can all help positively change the lives of young people, their families and communities.  Luke is a proud supporter of the Carlton Football Club which we won’t hold against him (!!) who also enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, nature and travelling.

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! schools-based youth mentoring program and the Evolve leadership and self-development program.  In 2018, YMCA Manningham Youth Services has partnered with Doncare to deliver their respectful relationships program, ‘iMatter.’  Shun will be working closely with Doncare to roll this program out to schools and sports clubs across Manningham.  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.

Emma Bell

Youth Programs Worker
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 on the ‘Skills For The Future’ project (funded through VicHealth) as well as YMCA Youth Parliament and YMCA Youth for Causes.

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 

 

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