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.
Youth Advisory Group
Meet our Youth Advisory Group members
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.
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 in her first year of a Forensic Science degree at University of Technology and was a NSW/ACT Young Achiever Award winner in 2021.
Lucy is the current Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations.
Throughout 2021, Lucy is touring Australia to identify the concerns, needs and experiences of diverse and underrepresented young people before reporting to the Australian Government and United Nations General Assembly
A graduate of studies in Criminology, Law, and Security, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, Lucy is a passionate advocate for youth justice in both the domestic and international spheres.
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.
In 2021, Lucy was named one of YAIA’s ‘Young Women to Watch in International Affairs’ and continues to work in her key-interest areas of Indigenous justice, gender-based crime prevention, penology, and evidence-based practice.
Corey is a proud Kamilaroi man and Young Australian of the Year for NSW 2020.
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 writes for K-Zone magazine and is currently authoring a children’s book called ‘The First Scientists”.