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

Table of contents

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 is responsible for the running of our creative arts space, Jets Studios.  Bec supports staff and young people to have 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 facilitates projects that promote positive profiling of young people in the community, including the Truth 4 Youth blog group and the SHYNE Showcases.

Naomi also oversees and runs the bi-annual Banyule Youth Summit.

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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.

Richo also facilitates our Rainbow Space program for young people who identify as LGBTIQ and their allies.

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Josh Kane – Jets Technical Development Officer

Josh oversees the management of our creative arts space, Jets Studio.  His role is to ensure that young people and community members can use the space for their projects.

Josh also runs programs at Jets, including Jets Records and the Tech Crew – audio mixing, filming & photography.

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Ellen Gellis – Youth Programs Officer

Ellen takes care of our Social Media pages and runs our website. She also facilitates workshops in schools which include Safe Partying & Life Hacks.

Ellen runs our Skate, Scooter & BMX events at both Malahang Reserve and Greensborough Skate Park throughout the year as well as hosts a range of events for young people across Banyule.

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Ellen Gellis Staff Profile

Carrie Henschell – Jets Youth Programs Officer

Carrie 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.

Carrie also is involved in supporting Reconciliation and NAIDOC week activities as well as other events in the community. 

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Courtney Blackney – Jets Intake & Program Support Officer

Courtney is responsible for all enrolments into our creative arts space, Jets Studios.  Courtney works with young people to decide which programs suit them best and how to achieve their goals.

Courtney also assists the programs that run from Jets, assisting people with their creative goals.

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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 also uses his artistic and musical talents to run a DJ Program on Tuesday evenings at Jets.

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Simon Staff Profile