We are delighted to announce Sir David Martin Foundation’s inaugural Youth Advisory Group as part of Youth Week 2021.
The group has formed to ensure that a strong youth voice guides and influences the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to help young people in crisis.
The founding members of the Youth Advisory Group are:
- Jasper Garay (Darkinjung/Ngarigo) Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney School of Public Health and Finalist in the 2021 NSWACT Young Achiever Awards (Aboriginal Education).
- Elli Reinhard Sir David Martin Foundation Youth Ambassador and Triple Care Farm Graduate. Finalist in the 2021 NSWACT Young Achiever Awards (Health and Wellbeing)
- Lucy Stronach Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations
- Corey Tutt 2020 NSW Young Australian of the Year and founder of Deadly Science.
“The creation of this Youth Advisory Group is a really exciting step forward for the Foundation,” said General Manager, Helen Connealy.
“We are so pleased to bring together this accomplished group of young people, who through their personal experiences, employment and volunteer work are very much connected to youth across different communities.”
“By listening to their thoughts and ideas, we will deepen and broaden our understanding of the issues affecting young people today, and in turn encourage more young people to reach out for help when they need it.”
Ms Connealy said the creation of the Youth Advisory Group will support the Foundation’s future strategic directions.
“Our Foundation has been providing care for youth in crisis for over 30 years, as the major funder of Mission Australia’s Triple Care Farm youth drug and alcohol treatment facility.
“With the help of our donors, each year we give over 200 young people aged 16-24 a safe place to get well and prepare for new opportunities. This includes residential withdrawal and rehabilitation treatment programs and six months of Aftercare support as the young people return to the community and build pathways to education, employment and independent living.”
“We care about the things that matter to young people. To be in a position to offer best practice care and support to young people, it’s essential that we hear their concerns and approach their physical, mental and emotional health needs in a non-judgmental and authentic way.”
Youth Week 2021 runs from Friday 16 April to Saturday 24 April 2021. To find events happening near you and to get involved, visit Youth Week 2021.
Jasper Garay (Darkinjung/Ngarigo)