Lucy is currently working for StreetWork on a casual basis after working as a Youth Services Manager supporting the set-up of their mentoring and outreach service in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai area. She runs local youth groups and programs in schools.
The job involves working in a team of youth workers to mentor the young people in their program to build connections and skills to turn their lives around. Each of the young people they work with, although the program is focused on medium to high risk individuals, have an innate knowing of what they want and what they don’t want. The challenge for the youth workers is to turn the often rebellious, oftentimes personally harmful and socially unacceptable behaviour into a focus on their strengths and what they can bring to the world. Listening, reflecting and guiding young people to see they have the power to turn their lives around and be the change they want to see is key and can take a short time or a longer time. The program caters for both.
These young people are not broken, they are disillusioned with life, with adults and often with themselves. Non-judgement and understanding is a rare commodity which is at the forefront and constantly being developed in this work.
The Why Be You Project
Lucy's inspiration to found the Why Be You project has been in the making since working with Gentle Rhythms and the parents and young people who came to her for treatments. She realised there was a tendency to place greater importance on not being ourselves than on celebrating who we are, successes and learning opportunities included! The issue seemed to traverse age, gender and all other demographics and clearly affected parenting styles. Lucy knows from personal as well as professional experience that each child is unique, and therefore there is no one size fits all approach or solution - connection to each other is the key and this is at the core of Lucy's presentations and programs. She currently runs programs through schools as well as Parents At Work offering a workspace 'Teen Time' program.
For Lucy, this is also public health, this is about working upstream and in a prevention model by supporting parents to support the next generation to be independent, engaged and loving young adults.
If you would like to book Lucy for a presentation or talk please email her via the contact form.
If you would like to hear more about the programs and initiatives Lucy runs or read some of her more specific youth and parenting blogs then check out the Why Be You website linked below.
Lucy has been working with StreetWork on a voluntary basis in their police advocacy program for the last few years, supporting young people out of hours, who did not have an adult available to support them if they got arrested.
She expanded the volunteer role to be chair of the recently launched Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Local Advisory Council which looks at building relationships with the local community to build sustainable funding opportunities as well as run fundraising events.
StreetWork are part of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Youth Network.