Reach has made me comfortable with who I am.
But more importantly, it’s meant I can make other young people comfortable with who they are.
We invest in young facilitators to design and deliver transformative experiences for young people.
We connect young people to create a sense of social belonging, have breakthrough conversations and build emotional resilience/ courage.
Our workshops are 100% led by young people. They design it and deliver it. They're armed with the kind of insight only a young person can truly grasp.
We connect with a young person, uncover what’s holding them back, and equip them with the tools to set goals, deal with conflict and stand up for what they believe in.
We give them the skills to navigate life’s challenges.
We do this for 40,000 young Australians every single year. Creating generations of confident, self-aware, passionate young people shaping the world to be a better place.
Our workshops are for anyone aged from 10 to 18 and are led by other young people who have been on the journey too. We call them the crew.
As well as running all of our workshops, the crew are involved in ongoing training and development, contributing to the leadership of Reach, and training and mentoring younger crew.
Reach was founded by Jim Stynes and Paul Currie in 1994 with a pretty clear vision – to inspire young people to believe in themselves and get the most out of life.
Since then, Reach has grown beyond Jim and Paul’s wildest dreams – with hubs in Melbourne and Sydney. Thousands of people across Australia participate in our workshops each year and demand continues to increase. Jim and Paul were on to something all those years ago!
There’s a bunch of dedicated people who work for Reach in Melbourne and Sydney. They have a combo of skills, experience, expertise and passion – and contribute their hearts and heads to making Reach tick.
The Reach Leadership Team
Fergus Watts, CEO
Susan Mitchell, CFO
Louisa Keck, Head of Participation
Telaine Cowdrey, National Training Manager
Stephanie Say, Head of Marketing and Communications
Andrew Farina, Head of Partnerships and Growth
Emily Serle, National Programs Manager
Hannah Whittle, National Wellbeing Manager
Our Board are a bunch of successful business leaders and professionals who volunteer their time to oversee the governance and strategic direction of Reach.
Child safety is an overarching commitment for Reach as part on any young person’s wellbeing and this is reflected in all activities, policies and practices. Reach has zero tolerance for abuse of young people and is committed to acting in the best interests of the health and wellbeing of the young people Reach comes into contact with. In achieving a safe environment for all young people, Reach recognises the particular needs of Aboriginal young people, young people from linguistically diverse backgrounds, gender diverse young people and those with a disability.