Youth Work Conference 2022 Program


Day 1: Thursday 17 Nov from 9.00am to 5.00pm

Day 2: Friday 18 Nov from 9.30am to 2.30pm

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Day 1: Thursday 17 November

8.45am on Level 2

Registrations open

9.00am Welcome to Country in The Rebel Theatre

Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council


Welcome by Youth Action


1.1. The role of youth voice in rights-based programming

  • Sarah Stevenson, International Consultant, Participation and Safety
  • Andrew Johnson, Managing Director, Thrive International


1.2. Working better with First Nations young people and their organisations

  • Carly Stanley, CEO, Deadly Connections
  • Councillor Yvonne Weldon Sydney City Council
  • Darrel Smith, CEO, Miyay Birray



1.3. Community based programs and their role in better throughcare for young people

  • Garner Clancey, Associate Professor, The University of Sydney
  • Andrea Hadaway, Programs Lead, Weave
  • Sam Alderton Johnson, Managing Director, IMPACT Policy
  • Kate Munro, CEO, Youth Action



1.30pm - Workshops: Session 1

1.4. Managing growth within your organisation

The Lab (Ground floor)

  • Penny Lamaro, Manager, Women's Shelter Armidale Inc
  • Kim McLoughry, CEO, RYSS
  • Sam King, CEO, Youth Up Front

1.5. Evidenced-based practice

The Rebel Theatre (Level 2)

  • Anthony Shannon, Director Early Intervention, Youth, Volunteering, & Carers, Department of Communities and Justice
  • Dr Howard Sercombe, General Secretary, Youth Work NSW
  • Amy Conley Wright, University of Sydney

1.6. How to incorporate advocacy and policy into your programming

The Popsy (Level 1)

  • Luke Rycken, CEO, AYAC
  • Kate Munro, CEO, Youth Action
  • Andrew Johnson, Managing Director, Thrive International



2.45pm - Workshops: Session 2

1.7. Showcase of innovation in programming

The Popsy (Level 1)

  • Selim Ucar, CEO, Humanity Matters
  • Johanna Mulholland, Director, Strategic Initiatives, ATYP
  • Alison Becroft, Youth Practice Specialist, BYSA

1.8. Making unemployment solutions work for young people

The Lab (Ground floor)

  • Tyrone Jandey, General Manager, Youth Action
  • Louisa McKay, Executive Leader Purpose and Impact, The Y NSW
  • Kerrie Anne Dettmann, Community Services Manager, Best Employment

1.9. Better practice in youth participation

The Rebel Theatre (Level 2)

  • Domina Augustine, Youth Engagement Specialist, MYAN
  • Kate Munro, CEO, Youth Action



4.00pm in The Rebel Theatre

1.10. Election Forum

  • John Leha, CEO, Absec
  • Annukina Warda, Executive Officer, MYAN
  • Luke Rycken, CEO, AYAC
  • Trish Connolly, CEO, YFoundations
  • Susan Watson, CEO, Fams
  • Kate Munro, CEO, Youth Action



Day 2: Friday 17 November

9.00am on Level 2

Coffee and tea


Open session and networking

10.30am - Masterclasses: Session 1

2.1. How to better manage contracts

The Lab (Ground floor)

  • Daniel Barakate, Director Commissioning and Planning South Western Sydney
  • Gavin Peek, a/Director, Policy and Practice, Partnerships, Department of Communities and Justice

2.2. How to embed rights-based approaches across your organisational structure and programming

The Rebel Theatre (Level 2)

  • Andrew Johnson, Managing Director, Thrive International
  • Kate Munro, CEO Youth Action

2.3. Sexual health and consent

The Popsy (Level 1)

  • Megan Hall, Health Promotion and Training Coordinator, Yfoundations
  • Angelique Wan, CEO, Consent Labs



1.00pm - Masterclasses: Session 2

2.4. LGBTIQA+ Affirmative Practice - CANCELLED

  • Jain Moralee Co-Chair Twenty 10

2.5. Asset based community development

The Popsy (Level 1) - [Moved from Lab]

  • Zizi Charida, CEO, Community Minds

2.6. Youth interagency and local collaborations

The Rebel Theatre (Level 2)

  • PJ O’Meara, Camden Council,
  • Lakin Agnew, Chair, RYDON
  • Renee Cooper, Youth Community Coordinator, Office of Regional Youth

2.30pm at the Rebel Theatre


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