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 oversees Wednesday nights at Jets Studios – running the weekly New Hope Hip Hop & Street Art program. Lisa also runs School Holiday activities for young people in Banyule.

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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, and oversees both the Wellbeing and Gender Equity portfolios in our team.

Kate supports young people in the community by running events and programs that promote positive wellbeing and mental health.  Kate provides support and education around Gender Equity to young people, and has a focus on projects which promote healthy masculinity.

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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 & open-spaces in Banyule are accessible for young people through meaningful consultation and advocacy.

He leads Banyule Youth Services consultation with young people to ensure that young people are considered in relevant decision making across Banyule Council. Richo also runs Skate & Scooter events across Banyule for all levels of riders.

Richo supports local secondary schools by delivering workshops for young people which include Life Hacks, Safe Partying & Wellbeing.

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Courtney Blackney – Jets Technical Development Officer

Courtney looks after the facility and our creative arts space Jets Studios. Her role is to ensure young people and community members can use the space and resources for their projects on and offsite, including booking a space, come and try sessions, support for events and borrowing equipment.

Courtney supports people to access and book into Jets.

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Ellen Gellis – Jets Youth Programs Officer

Ellen facilitates our FReeZA Crew at Jets on Tuesdays. FReeZA is a group of young people that organise free, accessible and safe music events for other young people and the community in Banyule. She available for catch-ups with young people via supported referrals. She also supports the Bike Hut program at Malahang Reserve on Thursday afternoons. Ellen also looks after our website and social media pages.

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Caitlin McKimm – Jets Youth Programs Officer

Caitlin facilitates our Rainbow Space Crew at Jets on Mondays. Rainbow Space is a group for LGBTIQ+ young people, their friends and allies. Caitlin also runs our Jets Records program which is a youth led record label that runs out of Jets on Tuesday nights.

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Simon Eszeky – Jets Inclusion Officer

Simon looks after our inclusive programming at our creative arts space Jets Studios. 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 and student placement at Jets.

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Jess Sayers – Youth Engagement Officer

Jess is available for catch-ups with young people via supported referrals and supports local youth workers in Banyule & Nillumbik by helping to facilitate the BNYSN Executive Committee & Network meetings/training.

Jess loves working with young people who live or spend time in Heidelberg West.  She also has a focus on our Indigenous young people and young people who have a multicultural background. She spends lots of time working alongside our African Women’s Action Group.

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Leza Cullen - Jets Intake & Program Officer

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

Leza also works on the IncArt program which brings together young people to be creative and explore the creative arts in a fun group environment.

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