The Banyule Youth Service Team

Banyule Youth Services is a generalist service for young people aged 12 to 25 years who live, work, study in Banyule. To find out what about what the team can offer click here

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Leonie Farrell - Coordinator Youth Services

Leonie oversees the whole youth service team, supporting staff and young people strategically to achieve great outcomes.
Leonie created the Banyule Youth Services Youth Plan 2018-2022, which oversees all actions the service undertakes.

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Bec Lonie – Jets Team Leader

Bec oversees the running of our creative arts space, Jets Studios. Bec is responsible for all staff, programming and for creating a positive culture so that all staff, community groups and young people have an awesome experiences whilst at our programs and events.

Bec also oversees the annual YouthFest event we run each September.

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Lisa Said – Youth Outreach Team Leader

Lisa supports all casual staff members in the youth service, including our Youth Outreach & Program Support team.

Lisa also oversees Wednesday nights at Jets – running the weekly Street Art program.

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Naomi Simmonds – Youth Engagement Officer

Naomi co-ordinates the biennial Banyule Youth Summit which is a chance for young people to discuss what matters most to them and provides the opportunity to make recommendations to Council. Naomi also makes sure the recommendations are heard and acted upon.

Naomi also oversees the Banyule 100 project, SHYNE showcases and youth consultation

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Kate James – Youth Engagement Officer

Kate is available for catch-ups with young people via supported referrals, works closely with multi-cultural young people and oversees our Gender Equity portfolio.

Kate supports young people from our AWAG (African Women’s Action Group) to advocate for positive opportunities for young women from Somali Australian backgrounds.

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Richo Euston – Youth Engagement Officer

Richo is available for catch-ups with young people via supported referrals and ensures that recreation and open-spaces in Banyule are accessible for young people through meaningful consultation and advocacy.

Richo facilitates our Rainbow Space program for LGBTIQ+ young people their friends and allies. Rainbow Space provides peer support and runs a variety of fun social activities.

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Courtney Blackney – Jets Technical Development Officer

Courtney looks after ours creative arts space, Jets Studios, it’s equipment and resources. Her role is to ensure young people and community members can use the space and resources for their projects on and offsite.

Courtney supports people to access the Jets space.

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Ellen Gellis – Jets Intake & Youth Programs Officer

Ellen takes care of all enrollments into our creative arts space, Jets Studios. Ellen works with young people to decide which programs suit them best and help them achieve their goals.

Ellen also supports the Jets Records & FReeZA programs that run throughout the term.

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Ellen Gellis Staff Profile

Caitlin McKimm – Jets Youth Programs Officer

Caitlin facilitates our FReeZA Crew at Jets on Mondays. FReeZA is a group of young people that organise free, accessible and safe music events for other young people and the community in Banyule.

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Simon Eszeky – Jets Inclusion Officer

Simon looks after our inclusive programming at Jets. This includes band, arts crew & DJ’s. He ensures that young people with a disability are supported to attend our programs and events. Simon uses his artistic and musical talents to run a DJ Program on Tuesday evenings at Jets. 

Simon also runs the recording studio at jets and supports work experience placements at Jets.

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