Meet the team


SOCIAL ENTERPRISE partners and friends 


“When Ella, Courtney, Eve, Isabella, Mia and Sarah contacted me about their fundraising idea, I was blown away by their enthusiasm, maturity and desire to do something to help prevent youth homelessness.

The girls were genuinely interested in learning about the work we do at Kids Under Cover and Ella was very responsive whenever I made contact with her about the project, an absolute pleasure to work alongside.

It’s not surprising that their project was such a success, all six of the girls involved in producing and selling the Sheltered Lip Balms were more than capable, knowledgeable and possess the required get up and go to succeed. We were delighted to hear that they raised over $4,500 for our organisation and just as impressed with their determination and drive.  Well done to everyone involved in the Youth For Causes Program, this is truly a wonderful opportunity for both the students and their chosen charities.


Kids Under Cover

“The enthusiasm and energy of the students was so inspiring. To see and hear high school students believe in our work as passionately as we do is incredibly galvanising for us. As young people ourselves, we love working with other young people and sharing knowledge and experiences, and this program has created an ideal space in which to facilitate that exchange. YMCA has created an incredibly unique and important program – instilling confidence in the next generation that they have the skills, the resources and the wisdom to create meaningful change in their own communities”

“The level of commitment has been completely manageable. I have asked a member of my team, Ashley Wild, to be the liaison for the students and he is excited to have them in the office next week”.



Marie co-owns a small consultancy called cosurround with David, who is also an YFP mentor. Together they work with for-purpose businesses to activate communities in the most sustainable way possible. Their clients include the not-for-profit YGAP, the B-Corp Education Changemakers and the social enterprise Melbourne Farmers Markets. Marie volunteers with The Climate Reality Project Australia, is a member of the Global Shapers Melbourne Hub and a fellow with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. She believes that social entrepreneurship is one of the most powerful tools for young people to create a more sustainable world.


Co-Founder, Co-Surround

David co-founded a small sustainability consulting firm with Marie, another YFP mentor. ‘cosurround’ collaborates with purpose led businesses to activate communities. They have worked with the not-for-profit YGAP, B-Corp Education Changemakers and social enterprise Melbourne Farmers Market. David works part-time at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition with a bunch of young environmental activists who are campaigning for climate justice and is a part of the Green Steps program with Monash Sustainable Development Institute. He thinks that youth leadership is a powerful force and can’t wait to see what this year’s young social entrepreneurs unleash in their communities


Co-Founder, Co-Surround

Originally from Austin, Tx, Jackie is the Co-Founder & Editor of Tilt Magazine – a digital magazine for impact entrepreneurs. Having worked with nonprofits in America, England, China and Australia, she is particularly passionate about the potential for business to create sustainable change and supporting grassroots movements. She loves meeting and listening to social innovators who are using their passion to make the world a better place, and believes that with the right tools and support anyone can be a changemaker. On the weekends you can find her reading, practicing yoga and dreaming of her next big adventure.


Co-Founder, TILT Mag

Steph is the co-founder of Ethical Trading Group; a wholesale company with heart, ETG works in partnership with social enterprises from Cambodia to market their goods to the Australian market. Steph also runs an online retail business called Shop Kind; a marketplace built around the simple concept of kindness. Shop Kind specialises in artisan made products by ETG’s partners, as well as other reputable fair trade brands creating great social impact. With post-graduate qualifications in International Development and experience working with education focused NGOs in Cambodia and Australia, Steph believes that social enterprise has the potential to provide economic prosperity and dignity through work for some of our most disadvantaged communities.


Co-Founder, Ethical Trading Group

Michael Johnston is the Founder and Creative Director at Momentary – a video production company that uses storytelling for social impact. After volunteering in Australia, India and South America, Michael realised that there were many people around the world in need and he wanted to do something about it. Whilst studying Media and Communications at RMIT University, Michael discovered his love for documentary filmmaking and the power of storytelling. Upon graduating from university, Michael combined his passions (storytelling, documentary filmmaking and social impact) to forge his career. Rather than making feature documentaries, he began producing short documentaries for charities, and Momentary was born!


Founder and Creative Director, Momentary

Emma has a background in International Community Development and Environmental Advocacy with working connections to Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand. Previously the operator of Emma Blooms (an ethical florist providing a service that’s more gentle on our earth), she found a way to bring her passion for creating arrangements of edible, in-season, locally sourced, home grown, plantable and reusable flowers/plants and turned it onto her own small business. Currently Emma is the International Liasion Officer at Friends of the Earth Melbourne (a local social enterprise!) and also works in the Community Devlopment Unit here at YMCA Victoria coordinating a program that supports single parent isolated families.


International Liasion, Friends of the Earth


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