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.

Board members

Co-Chairperson

Alexandra (she/her)

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. 

Co-Chairperson

Kareem* (he/him)

Kareem is a passionate advocate for young people. He has worked for a number of youth-run organisations across Victoria and is currently CEO of the Asia-Pacific Youth Organisation (APYO), a non-profit organisation seeking to enhance youth participation in policy making across the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to this role, he worked with Oaktree Foundation, Australia’s largest youth-run organisation and National Director of the ‘Live Below the Line’ campaign.

Kareem graduated holds a Bachelor of Arts (political science, international relations and communications) from the University of Melbourne. In 2018 he was named a ‘global shaper’ by the World Economic Forum. Kareem has a deep passion for empowering young people, building their capacity and affording them equal access to opportunities.

Deputy Chairperson

Natasha (she/her)

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).

Treasurer

Galina (she/her)

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.

Rural Representative

Tessa (she/her)

Tessa, currently works for the NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) in her hometown of Moe. She is a part of the Latrobe Youth Space Governance Committee. 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.

Executive Members

Kerrie (she/her)

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 (she/her)*

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*

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 (she/her)*

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 (she/her)

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.

*Denotes young person