Banyule Youth Services

Banyule Youth Services

We are a generalist youth service who support young people ages 12-25 years who live, work, study or spend time in the area of Banyule. Our team includes qualified youth workers and facilitators. As well as Staff who are experienced sound engineers, musicians, artists, disability support workers, events coordinators & advocates for young people.

Our Team

This is who we are and how to get in touch with us. 

Leonie Farrell

Coordinator Youth Services

She/Her pronouns

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.

Leonie is a great contact for local services and organisations who want to connect with our team or young people in Banyule.


Phone: 9457 9939

Mobile: 0439 395 967

Maddi Cooper

Jets Team Leader

She/Her pronouns


Maddi oversees the running of Jets Studios. She supports the Jets Staff, creative arts programs, pathways, community groups and events. Maddi is responsible for creating a positive culture so that all staff, community groups and young people have an awesome experience when they visit Jets Studios.

Maddi oversees our yearly youth festivals, including YouthFest.
Chat to Maddi if you want to learn more about Jets Studios or education & training opportunities for young people.
Phone: 9490 4222
Mobile: 0481 003 524

Lisa Said

Youth Outreach Team Leader

She/Her pronouns

Lisa supports all casual staff members who work in the youth service, including our Youth Outreach & Program Support team. This team of youth workers head into the Banyule community regularly to say hi to young people, promote our opportunities and offer support and information.

Lisa runs our Wellbeing portfolio. She runs events and workshops for young people about taking care of your mental health and wellbeing. Lisa also runs our school holiday events, which include free, cheap and fun things to do in Banyule for young people ages 12-25 each school holidays.

Lisa is also available for catch-ups with young people who need support one on one over the phone, in-person or via message.


Phone: 9457 9897

Mobile: 0427 833 321


Sadia Ali

Family Support Worker (Diverse Communities) title

She/Her pronouns

Sadia is responsible for delivering high-quality, evidenced-informed, strengths-based, and community-led capacity building activities, support programs, workshops and events for parents, carers and families with a specific focus on CALD and Somali-Australian community members.



Kieran West

Youth Engagement Officer

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Kieran is available for catch-ups with young people via supported referrals and oversees our Communications portoflio, running our website and social media pages to give young people information and support.

Kieran runs our Hip Hop program called New Hope that runs on Wednesday evenings at Jets Studios.

Kieran also runs opportunities for young people to get involved in recreation activities such as Skate, BMX and Scooter Jams and Comps.


Jay Mifsud

Youth Intake & Programs Officer


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Based out of Jets Studios, Jay facilitates the Jets Events team on Tuesdays.

Jay supports the Jets Events team with tasks such as conceptualising, developing and managing all ages events and projects. Jay works with Jets Participants who are interested in a career in the creative industries to collaborate on events and projects to build up their skills and networks – this can also include regular posting of opportunities on the Jets Crew Noticeboard. Interested in chatting with Jay about Jets Events, or other Jets offerings? Find them around Jets weekly on Monday and Tuesday 4:00PM to 7:00PM, or contact them at the below. 


Jets Studios: 9098 8000

Mobile: 0434 187 511

Leza Cullen

Youth Engagement Officer & Jets Inclusion Officer




She/Her pronouns

Our Inclusion Officer looks after our inclusive programming at our creative arts space Jets Studios. This includes band, arts crew & DJ’s. They ensure that young people with a disability are supported to attend our programs and events. 

Leza also facilitates our IncArt visual arts group. IncArt brings young people with all abilities together in a fun group setting to learn about the visual arts by exploring art and trying out art techniques, playing art games and working with local guest artist.  Sessions are facilitated every Monday 4pm – 7pm.

To get involved email Leza directly at 

Mobile: 0411 267 427

Zianeb Ramadan

Jets Youth Intake Officer

She/Her pronouns

Zianeb is the Intake Officer at Jets Studios. She sets young people up with a positive experience by completing an intake and assessment to identify their goals and their suitability within our weekly programs. Zianeb also manages the onboarding process of our participants and conducts tours to welcome young people to the space. 



Phone: 9242 3436

Kate James

Youth Engagement Officer



She/Her pronouns

Kate is available for catch-ups with young people via supported referrals.  Kate oversees the cultural diversity portfolio in our team and facilitates the African Women’s Action Group (AWAG) which helps to empower and educate young African women in our community.

Kate oversees the Banyule Nillumbik Youth Services Network (BNYSN) by running workshops and training for people who work with or support young people in Banyule/Nillumbik.


Phone: 9457 9929

Mobile: 0428 522 656

Duncan Stephen

Jets Facility & Technical Administrator


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Duncan takes care of the Jets facility and all of our amazing resources and equipment. Duncan overseas the live stream of Jets & Banyule City Council events and activities.

Duncan uses his industry skills as a musician and sound engineering to support young people in the Jets Production / Live Events crew & the Jets music production program, MixTape. 


Jets Studios: 9098 8000