The team at Youth Solutions are passionate and dedicated members of the community who bring together a diverse skill set in many fields.
Geraldine Dean joined the Youth Solutions Team in 2003 and currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer.
The primary role of the Chief Executive Officer is to ensure that the vision of Youth Solutions is implemented via strategic planning and the management of all employees. It is also to provide leadership in the effective management of the Board (and its sub committees) agenda so that it functions effectively in leading and managing the business of Youth Solutions.
Geraldine previously held communications, promotions and community relations roles at Youth Solutions and has years of experience in a variety areas that make her an asset to the team. She has had extensive experience in project management, media management, developing and implementing community events, functions and launches, website development and maintenance, coordinating internal and external communications and working with and developing relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders.
Geraldine also has a background in implementing and coordinating service development and quality improvement initiatives.
Career highlights have included; implementing and coordinating social marketing campaigns at Youth Solutions eg: Dope_EFX U. In 2014 and 2015 Geraldine was nominated for the ZEST Awards Outstanding Community Leader honour which recognises extraordinary leadership in the community and a commitment to improving the wellbeing of the community. Whilst working in local government, Geraldine was part of a sister city staff exchange in Japan for 3 months working with the state Japanese government.
In 2016 Geraldine was named the Campbelltown 2016 Local Woman of the Year.
Shannon McEwan joined the Youth Solutions Team in 2011 and currently holds the position of Finance and Administration Officer.
The primary role of the Finance and Administration Officer is to perform all financial administrative functions and ensure the accurate and efficient execution of Youth Solutions’ financial administrative systems and tasks, provide support for the Chief Executive Officer and Treasurer as required, and in turn contribute to the effective financial management of the Service.
Karen Yuen joined the Youth Solutions team in September 2013 and currently holds the position of Youth Development Coordinator.
As the Youth Development Coordinator, Karen’s prime responsibility is to participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of Service programs and activities, in particular alcohol and other drug prevention and health promotion strategies. The Youth Development Coordinator also oversees Youth Solutions’ Youth Advisory Group (YAG) Program and Peer Education Program.
Karen is an experienced group work facilitator for young people both within and outside the school setting. Karen is passionate about working with young people and empowering them to make informed life choices. In 2011-2013, Karen led the development of the Me-POWER Community Resource; a ‘how-to guide’ for facilitating educational life skills workshops for young people.
Throughout her studies, Karen was an avid volunteer. She has volunteered for World Vision NSW, YWCA NSW, The Smith Family, the Australian League of Immigration Volunteers (ALIV) and the Chinese Parents Association (Children with Disabilities) Inc, which gave her the opportunity to be involved in a variety of community programs, projects and events.
Karen also started-up SibSpace; a peer support group for siblings with a brother or sister with an intellectual disability.
Amanda Dillon joined the Youth Solutions team in June 2014 and currently holds the position of Communications Coordinator.
The prime responsibility of the Communications Coordinator is to develop, implement and evaluate marketing and community relation strategies and support the development, implementation and evaluation of Service programs and activities. The Communications Coordinator is also responsible for co-ordinating fundraising events, activities and corporate relationships and managing Youth Solutions’ Volunteer Program.
Amanda has a background in media and communications with skills in journalism, social media management, website management and community engagement. Prior to joining the team at Youth Solutions in June 2014, Amanda was the Senior Reporter at the Macarthur Chronicle newspaper, where she furthered her strong ties with the Macarthur region.
Amanda is a passionate Macarthur region local. She has supported the local community by taking part in events such as the Relay for Life, has volunteered with Lifeline Macarthur and has been a judge the Macarthur Volunteer Awards for the since 2012. Amanda has also volunteered her time as a community coach for the 2015 Max Potential program.
Also in 2015, Amanda was named as a finalist for ZEST’s Outstanding Youth Leader of the Year (12 – 25 years).
Eden joined the Youth Solutions team in February 2017 and currently holds the position of Program Coordinator.
As the Program Coordinator, Eden’s prime responsibility is to participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of Service programs and activities, in particular alcohol and other drug prevention and health promotion strategies. The Program Coordinator also oversees Youth Solutions’ Youth Advisory Group (YAG) Program and Peer Education Program.
Eden is an experienced group facilitator for young people both within and outside the school setting. She is passionate about working with young people and empowering them to make healthy choices. Eden has a special interest in facilitating interactive learning experiences for young people, particularly in the outdoors. She has previously worked as a teacher, outdoor educator and in youth drug and alcohol rehabilitation.
Eden recently moved from Western Australia, where her volunteer efforts included the facilitation of health and physical education programs with the Fremantle Dockers and Clontarf Academy.
Eden is currently completing a Masters in Public Health (Health Promotion) at the University of Wollongong.
Miriam Deshayes joined the Youth Solutions team in March 2016 and currently holds the position of Health Promotion Officer.
As the Health Promotion Officer, Miriam will play an active role in developing, implementing and evaluating innovative and evidence based health promotion projects with a focus on alcohol and other drug prevention. The Health Promotion Officer is responsible for supporting Youth Solutions’ social marketing campaigns, education and community development activities, as well as developing Youth Solutions’ health promotion resources.
Miriam has a strong background in health promotion, previously holding positions as a Health Educator at Life Education and a Group Leader at Go4Fun. Miriam has also worked as a Health Science Tutor and Lecturer at Western Sydney University’s The College.
Miriam’s passion for health promotion has also been supported by her volunteering efforts, particularly her time spent volunteering with Red Frogs at Western Sydney University’s Parramatta Village.
Miriam holds a Bachelor of Health Science with a Major in Health Promotion from Western Sydney University.
Rachel Kershaw joined the Youth Solutions team in February 2016 and currently holds the position of Program Support Officer – Engagement.
As the Program Support Officer – Engagement Rachel will play an important role in the planning, delivery and evaluation of Youth Solutions workshops and programs, working face-to-face with young people.
Rachel is a former Youth Solutions Student Placement and Volunteer, who regularly gives up her time to help others in the Macarthur and Wingecarribee area.
Rachel enjoys giving back to her community through charity work and has a passion for working with young people. She currently holds volunteer positions with the Bargo Bunnies Rugby League Football Club and has also worked as a swim teacher.
Rachel has a Bachelor of Health Science (Health Promotion) from Western Sydney University.
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