YACVic is governed by a volunteer board of governance that always includes four young people under the age of 26, as stipulated by the YACVic Constitution. The Board comprises three officers (chairperson, deputy chairperson and treasurer) along with four general Board members, including a rural representative, who are elected by YACVic’s members at the annual general meeting (AGM). At the first meeting after the AGM the board members decide the officer roles for the coming year.
YACVic’s Board guides the strategic direction of the organisation under its governance framework while the chief executive officer manages YACVic’s day-to-day activities and decisions, and reports back to the Board. The Board is the ultimate authority for the successful operation of YACVic.
Alexandra works at the ABC on youth impact projects. She is passionate about ensuring young people are given the opportunities and agency to have their voices heard in their communities.
Kareem is Co-Chair of YACVic. He is an experienced for-purpose leader, speaker and youth advocate. He has held senior roles in organisations seeking to advocate for the rights of young Australians, elevate their voices and create pathways for them to meaningfully participate in decision-making.
Kareem is currently a Senior Consultant in PwC’s federal government advisory practice specialising in government strategy and citizen-led digital transformation. He is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Prior to this, Kareem was CEO of the Asia-Pacific Youth Organisation (APYO), Director of the Live Below the Line campaign at the Oaktree Foundation, and in 2019 was Australia’s 21st Youth Representative to the United Nations where he led Australia’s largest face-to-face consultation of young people, reaching over 10,000 young Australians in every federal electorate.
Following his tour, Kareem represented young Australians at the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York and authored a report on young Australians which has helped shape the debate on the issues affecting young people and informed policy initiatives targeted at young Australians across the three levels of government.
Natasha is the managing director of Titjimbat (Teachabout Inc.), a youth-led not-for-profit organisation that facilitates community programs in remote communities in the Northern Territory during school holiday periods. She has Bachelors of Law and International Relations and a pre-masters thesis focusing on human rights law. Natasha is a member of the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Indigenous and Women and Girls subcommittees, and in 2017 was named a Young Social Pioneer by the Foundation for Young Australians.
Natasha is passionate about supporting and creating equal opportunities for all young people across Victoria, and she is currently working with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA).
Galina is a senior finance executive with vast experience gained primarily in the health and education sectors. Galina leads business transformation through change and finance strategy execution, consult multi-disciplinary teams on risks, compliance, investments, modelling and policy development. Galina believes that the future of the young generation starts now. Creating safe space for this future is a guarantee for social mobility and healthy evolution.
Tessa, currently works for Latrobe Community Health Services as a partner with the National Disability Insurance Scheme in her hometown of Moe. Tessa has experience as a person living with a disability. Tessa is a passionate advocate for equal access to education, transport, health services & employment. Living in a regional town is the reason she is particularly interested in issues faced by young people living in rural Victoria. After leaving school she worked, studied and volunteered in the community services sector.
With over twenty years’ experience in the youth and community sector, Kerrie has worked and volunteered within a range of community organisations, as well as state and local government. These roles have been located in both inner city and urban fringe communities and have included running group programs, providing individual support, developing policy, leading and managing services.
Kerrie is a passionate advocate for the inclusion of young people in all aspects of civic and community life.
Jasmine grew up in Gladstone (QLD) but is completing her final year of medicine on Dja Dja Wurrung Land (Bendigo) in 2022. Her lived experience with mental illness in regional Australia has given Jasmine insight into the impact of fragmented care, and an appreciation for the importance of strong transitions between services and access to opportunities regardless of postcode. She is a member of the headspace National Youth Reference Group, an eheadspace Peer Support Moderator, Young Leader with the CHF Youth Health Forum, and youth advocate with the Centre for Research Excellence in Global Investment in Adolescent Health
Tim’s lived experience as an NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) participant, disability pensioner and rural young person drives his commitment to empowering the voice and agency of young people and people with disabilities.
Tim has tertiary qualifications in performing arts and science and has a background in disability, social & environmental justice activism. Tim serves as Treasurer, Director and Youth Network committee member of Physical Disability Australia, a national peak Disabled Peoples Organisation (DPO) run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities. Tim is also a Board Member of the Geelong Landcare Network, a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) Inclusion and Diversity Committee (RIDC), a member of the Surf Coast Shire All Abilities Advisory Committee and a member of the Commonwealth Children and Youth Disability Network.
Kelly's lived experience of being a young migrant in regional Victoria drives her passion for ensuring inclusive youth participation in all aspects of society. She is a current Law/Arts student at Monash University and volunteers actively with youth organisations such as Young Diplomats Society. She has worked in community development for migrant and refugee youth in Bendigo, which exposed her to the power of amplifying the voices of young people. This experience founded her passion for policy advocacy through being a board director of Youthlaw and YACVic.
Katerina is a Senior Associate at Allens, and has been a member of YACVic's Board since April 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science from Monash University. As a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Katerina completed the Foundations of Directorship course in 2018.
Katerina passionately advocates for equal access and opportunity for all young people in Victoria. Her commitment to young people, particularly young people with disabilities, has grown through her involvement in the steering committee of the Youth Disability Advocacy Service between 2012 and 2017.
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