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Youth Advisory Group

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. Since that time, they have made many valuable contributions to the Foundation.

Chair, Youth Advisory Group

Jessica Pereira

Jess is a Macquarie University 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 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. 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, previously working 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 reviewed and appealed ministerial rejections of land rights claims. Jess has also volunteered at Speaking in Colour, an Aboriginal-owned and operated small business that provides Aboriginal consulting services and cultural capacity training to corporates, schools and other organisations. In her current role as a Commercial Lawyer at ResMed, Jess continues to work in this space as a Board Member of their Australian Indigenous Mosaic.

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 Sir David Martin Foundation’s Youth Advisory Group, she can help and advocate for young people who want to make a long-term change in their lives.

Member, Youth Advisory Group

Harrison Waterworth

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.

Member, Youth Advisory Group

Lucy Stronach

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.

Youth Advisory Group 2022 Maddy Forde
Member, Youth Advisory Group

Maddy Forde

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.

Member, Youth Advisory Group

Kacie Fahey

Kacie Fahey (she/her/hers) is a Kamilaroi woman who lives and works on Yuggera, Jagera and Ugarapul Country. Kacie is currently working as a First Nations Learning Advisor at the University of Southern Queensland, studying a Masters of Domestic and Family Violence Practice, and running her own Aboriginal artistry and design business.

Commencing in 2016 and ending in 2022, Kacie has worked in several advocacy-centric roles within the Queensland State Government. Her time with the Department of Child Safety, Seniors and Disability Services saw her supporting the important work of the NDIS Project Management Office. Kacie has also had the privilege and honour of working on and supporting several projects and pieces of work including the Yarning for Change Report, the Growing up in Queensland Report, a number of systemic reviews, and the maintenance of the state-wide child death database (CODA), while working for the Queensland Family and Child Commission.

Having previously been involved in Ipswich City Council’s Youth Advocacy Council, Kacie believes that amplifying and genuinely engaging the voices of young people is a core pillar of advocacy. Furthermore, Kacie is deeply passionate about ensuring advocacy is intersectional, strengths-based, and underpinned by best-practice approaches.

Member, Youth Advisory Group

Lincoln Pullin

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.

Youth Advisory Group Mission Statement

We, the Youth Advisory Group, are a diverse and passionate group of young individuals with a variety of lived experiences. With this rich tapestry, we are dedicated to promoting the well-being of youth, especially those in crisis. Our work is rooted in our personal journeys and the powerful relationships we’ve built along the way.

Through education, advocacy, and fundraising, our mission is positive change in the accessibility of support for young people in crisis. We advise and collaborate in a way that leverages collective knowledge, lived experience, and diversity to ensure inclusive representation of the current youth experience.

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