In April 2021 Sir David Martin Foundation formed its inaugural Youth Advisory Group, to ensure that a strong youth voice guides and influences our ongoing efforts to help young people in crisis. Following an open EOI process, the group was expanded in June 2022.
Youth Advisory Group
Our Youth Advisory Group members
Our Youth Advisory Group members
Lucy Stronach (she/her) is a consultant to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, a Youth Programs Officer at the Town of Victoria Park and teaches criminology at the University of Western Australia. She lives and works on Whadjuk Noongar land.
From 2020/21 Lucy was the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations. Throughout 2021, she toured Australia to identify the concerns, needs and experiences of diverse and underrepresented young people before reporting to key stakeholders including the Australian Government and the United Nations.
A graduate of studies in Criminology, Law, and Security, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, Lucy is a passionate advocate of youth justice, indigenous justice, and gender-based crime prevention. Her work has taken her to the streets of Mumbai to fight for the empowerment of sex workers, to juvenile prisons in San Diego to aid young offenders, and to the UNDP in Bangkok to work with youth leaders in the promotion of human rights and justice.
Before assuming her role as the Youth Rep, Lucy worked across the Indo-Pacific as the Sri Lankan Fellow for DFAT’s New Colombo Plan Scholarship. Part of her program included working in Vietnam to combat the abuse of street children and rehabilitate victims of human trafficking, and after working at Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Defence, Lucy was named a contributing International Research Fellow where she helped formulate the nation’s first public defence strategy.
In 2021, Lucy was named one of YAIA’s ‘Young Women to Watch in International Affairs’, was a finalist for the 2022 Young Achiever of the Year Awards, sits on advisory boards for both the Sir David Martin Foundation and the United Nations Association of Australia (NSW), and is Vice President (Administration) of UN Youth Western Australia.
Elli is passionate about educating and raising awareness on issues affecting young people.
As Peer Educator for Keep It Safe (KIS), Elli engages with people aged 12 to 24 around alcohol and other drugs minimisation strategies and raising awareness on their effects on mental health.
She is also a Peer Educator at ReThink! Youth Anti Violence Project, helping address the lack of knowledge and understanding of the nature and causes of domestic and family violence. She facilitates workshops at schools and conducts outreach activities.
Elli is Sir David Martin Foundation’s youth ambassador, and brings valuable lived experience as a Triple Care Farm graduate to the role. Since being appointed, Elli has featured in a national live TV interview, an online event alongside a panel of experts and featured in a number of the Foundation’s publications.
Elli is currently studying Forensic Science at University of Technology and was a NSW/ACT Young Achiever Award winner in 2021.
Jasper Garay (Darkinjung/Ngarigo)
Jasper is an Associate Lecturer living and working on Gadigal Country of the Eora Nation.
Jasper has been working at The University of Sydney in the Sydney School of Public Health since 2016. Initially working on health-based community outreach projects focused on physical activity, wellbeing, and nutrition as a Project Officer, Jasper now lectures in the Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Health Promotion and Master of Public Health and Master of Global Health degrees.
Jasper’s research focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people’s Social and Emotional Wellbeing, aiming to better include lived experiences and grass roots perspectives as evidence that informs meaningful and relevant Social and Emotional Wellbeing reforms for our young peoples. Jasper’s Master of Philosophy (Medicine and Health) thesis challenges mental health services, systems, and policies in NSW to enhance Social and Emotional Wellbeing service provisions by focusing on fulfilling these research aims within the context of NSW. Now studying a Masters of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts, Jasper hopes to help merge wellbeing and technology innovation into practical solutions that can support the mitigation of complex Social and Emotional Wellbeing problems.
Corey Tutt OAM
Corey is a proud Kamilaroi man and in 2022 was recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to Indigenous STEM.
He is the CEO and founder of DeadlyScience, which provides science resources, mentoring and training to over a hundred remote and regional schools across Australia with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. When Corey found out there was remote schools in Australia with hardly any STEM resources he set out to make change. To date, DeadlyScience has provided over 16,000 culturally appropriate books focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as well as telescopes, microscopes and other equipment to spark student interest.
As a board member of Science Technology Australia, Corey is contributing to the development of their first ever Reconciliation Action Plan to further encourage participation and inclusion of First Nations peoples in STEM. Corey’s passion for Indigenous education has also been recognised through various awards including the CSIRO Indigenous STEM Champion 2019; AMP Tomorrow Maker 2019 and ABC Trailblazer 2019, 2020 Eureka prize finalist. In 2020 Corey was named a human rights hero by the Australian human rights commission. In his spare time Corey is a Research Assistant and has co-authored an award winning children’s book, ‘The First Scientists”.
Maddy (she/her) resides in Wangal and Gadigal Country of Eora Nation studying a Masters of Social Work, whilst working with Australian Catholic University on Darug Country, and as a support worker alongside people living with disabilities.
Maddy has spent the past eight years working alongside young people for a variety of organisations and schools nationally, and internationally. She is the current Oceania Representative for the International Youth Advisory Body for the Dicastery of Laity, Family and Life in the Vatican. She sits on the board for the Marist Association which oversees Marist Schools, Marist 180, Marist Solidarity and Marist Youth Ministry.
Maddy is driven to redefine our perception of peripheries, and people on the margins, challenging the discourse to recognise everyone is at the centre of their own worlds, so we accept the invitation to take the time to sit with and amongst people – learning from them. By doing this providing a space in which everyone feels safe, heard and unconditionally loved.
She feels quite privileged to be journeying with young people, encountering them as whole people, allowing them a space where they do not have to justify who they are and why they are in this space.
Maddy’s hope for young people in the Sir David Martin Foundation and in society in general is recognition of the two-way learning and wisdom young people offer to the world, watching them grow to be the best version of themselves whilst being confident leaders for the betterment of our world.
Angela is a Year 12 student at The Cathedral College, Rockhampton and is proud to represent the Malayali Indian Community and regional QLD.
She is passionate about ensuring young people are empowered to have their say on issues that are important to her peer group, both in Rockhampton, but also across regional Australia. In particular, Angela would like to bring greater awareness to the lack of mental health resources for young people of colour, especially in regional areas.
To date Angela has been involved with Run For It, Rockhampton Youth Advisory Council and the Rockhampton Youth Reference Group. She is also currently participating in the Raise Our Voice Training Program, which focuses on domestic policy, foreign policy, politics, and leadership.
Jess is a recent graduate who studied a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Social Science, majoring in Social Justice and minoring in Criminology. During university, Jess completed the Macquarie University Global Leadership Program with Merit. She was also the recipient of the 2020 MQ Outstanding Volunteer Award and the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Macquarie University Law School Community.
Jess is passionate about advocacy for, and by, young people. As Secretary of the Macquarie University Model United Nations Society, Jess helped university and high school students develop confidence and leadership skills through ‘munning’ – a simulation where students can learn about diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. This gave students the opportunity to research, collaborate, learn, and debate global issues in a safe and respectful forum. Jess also demonstrated her advocacy skills in the National Justice Project Disability Hackathon, where together with her team, she won the 2021 competition. Jess hopes to use her legal skillset to address the injustices faced by marginalised communities, and has previously worked in this space as an Assistant Supervisor at the Redfern Legal Centre and as a Paralegal at Settlement Services International.
Jess is particularly passionate about Indigenous rights, reflected in her volunteer work at the Aboriginal Land Council where she assisted in reviewing and appealing ministerial rejections of land rights claims. Jess has also volunteered at Speaking in Colour, an Aboriginal owned and operated small business which provides Aboriginal consulting services and cultural capacity training to corporates, schools and other organisations.
Given her background in law, social science, and criminology; Jess is a strong believer in supporting models that treat addiction as a public health issue, instead of a criminal one. She hopes that as a member of the YAG, she is able to help and advocate for the young people of Triple Care Farm who want to make a long-term change in their lives.
Lincoln is a passionate young member of the LGBTQIA+ community with a passion for providing support and implementing change, particularly for those less fortunate than himself. Growing up with several mental health conditions and in a heavily drug-affected area, Lincoln has witnessed first-hand the brutality substance abuse can have on the life of a young person and the impact poor mental health can have on perpetuating this cycle. Using this experience, Lincoln hopes to be a driving force in providing support for young people nationally.
Although young, Lincoln has many notable accomplishments under his belt. Lincoln was a member of the inaugural United Nations Youth Australia Emerging Leaders Program, a three week tour that saw Australia’s brightest and most ambitious young people travel Japan, China and South Korea discussing prevalent political issues. As well as this, Lincoln is remembered at his small rural high school for leading the way for LGBTQIA+ students in Catholic Education and campaigning for just and fair treatment for all in the face of adversity.
Lincoln is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University, majoring in Human Rights, and is involved in many extra-curricular activities including Monash Dance Society, Amnesty International Monash, and the Monash Student Association.
Jahin is an award-winning keynote and TEDx speaker, board director, and multicultural youth advocate. At 21-years-old, Jahin is the Founder & CEO of Breathe., a social enterprise providing public speaking education to young people, and marginalised communities around Australia, and New Zealand. Breathe. has impacted over 15,200 young people since its inception in 2022. He lives and works in Ngunnawal Country.
Jahin was recently named the 2022 Young Australian of the Year finalist whilst also receiving the 2021 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year in Individual Community Service. Jahin is a Board Director of the Adolescent Health Association of Australia and the Youth Coalition of the ACT. Jahin is an advisor for the Australian Department of Health in which he informs healthcare communications as well as being a consultant for leading anti-racism and health research organisations. Jahin was also recently named as a Young Ambassador at UNICEF for 2022.
Sarah is a Research and Evaluation Coordinator at Youth Off The Streets, a NSW based not-for-profit youth organisation.
Her main research interest lies in improving the understanding of risk and protective factors that are common to substance use and experiences of homelessness, particularly within youth cohorts.
Sarah has a keen interest in the extramedical use of pharmaceutical stimulants and ketamine.
She is passionate about turning large and complex data into approachable and meaningful research and contributing to the creation of impactful, sustainable, and inclusive policies.
Harry has recently finished a degree in Psychological Science at Deakin University, and particularly enjoyed learning about addiction, and coaching and counselling for behaviour change.
He joined Lifeline as a telephone crisis supporter during 2020 in Melbourne, and recently transferred to Lifeline’s Sydney phone room after moving between the two cities.
Harry is a passionate advocate for destigmatising individuals, families, and communities affected by problem drug and alcohol use.