Group of youth on a soccer field

About Us

Youth Services works with young people and their families aged 12-25 who live, work, study or have a significant connection to the City of Greater Dandenong.

Youth Services provides an important universal service base for young people. We seek to support the healthy physical, social and emotional development of all young people in our community, through building and enhancing protective factors and working with young people to develop their strengths and skills. 

Youth Services is a generalist youth service, comprising of three teams, Counselling and Support, Engagement and Participation and Community Development.

The team is based at 39a Clow Street, Dandenong.

Our Services and Contacts

Opening Hours
Day Time slot Comment
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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Youth and Family Services

Katharina, Coordinator Youth and Family Services

katharina.verscharen@cgd.vic.gov.au
0419 312 549

Katharina is the Coordinator of Youth and Family Services and is responsible for leading the entire service, comprising the sub teams of Family Support, Youth and Community Development, and Engagement and Participation. In her spare time Katharina enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, travelling, listening to reggae and socialising with friends

Counselling and Support

Sylvia, Team Leader Youth and Family Support Services

sylvia.marov@cgd.vic.gov.au
0403 390 591

Sylvia oversees the Youth and Family Support Team which supports the wellbeing and safety of children. Sylvia is also a psychologist and provides counselling and mental health support to young people aged between 12-25 years. She loves all things food - especially sharing food with friends, and will go exploring on a day trip any day of the week.

Andrew, Team Leader Family Support

andrew.chisholm@cgd.vic.gov.au
0408 394 379

Andrew leads a team of case managers that work with families through the Child FIRST system, and oversees groups that focus on building resilience in children and young people, as well as parenting skills. Andrew enjoys making lasagne for the team, barbeques in Summer, and wandering around the Dandenong Market.

Engagement and Participation

Yohana, Team Leader Engagement and Participation

yohana.jury@cgd.vic.gov.au
0466 329 776

Yohana works with the Youth Engagement and Participation team to provide programs and events for young people that help promote health and wellbeing, and build skills for the future. She has an education background and enjoys supporting young people in developing their skills. Yohana loves photography, cooking, travelling and riding motorbikes.

Jess, Youth and Family Programs Worker

Jess runs our Unite Alliance program, a social support group for LGBTIQA+ young people and their allies. She also facilitates Game On - a virtual hang out where young people can meet and play fun games online. Born in the UK, Jess is passionate about playing Aussie Rules Football (AFL) and loves spending time at the beach with her friends.

Tuan, Generalist Youth Worker

Tuan runs our FReeZA Committee, assisting young people to plan and deliver youth-led events for the community. Tuan also facilitates our Fusion Podcast program, and is passionate about supporting young people to express themselves in creative ways. Tuan enjoys being out in nature and is always itching to try new things.

Courtney, Youth Development Officer

Courtney facilitates our FReeZA Committee, Game On and Unite Alliance programs. Courtney is a keen hula hooper and golfer, and is currently learning how to jam skate (if you haven’t heard of jam skating, you can YouTube it and thank us later!)

Youth and Community Development

Aishling, Team Leader Youth and Community Development

aishling.fagan@cgd.vic.gov.au
0401 366 443

Aishling leads the Youth and Community Development team which supports and encourages young people’s active participation in their own communities. This includes promoting youth voice, building leadership and capability; facilitating learning, skill development and volunteering opportunities. In her spare time Aishling enjoys hanging out with family and friends, exploring the great outdoors and holidaying.

Kylie, Youth Development and Community Engagement Officer

Kylie works on a range of strategic and community development projects, including facilitating the Greater Dandenong Youth Network, and conducting our COVID-19 Research Project. Kylie enjoys getting stuck into a good story, whether it be binging a new series on Netflix, spending time reading a book or listening to an interesting podcast.

Mahamed, Youth Development Officer

Mahamed (Mo) runs our sports and volunteer programs, supporting young people to engage in a variety of volunteering and sporting opportunities in Greater Dandenong and beyond. Mo is a passionate youth advocate, working tirelessly to ensure the voices of young people are heard. He’s also a massive sports geek who loves anything and everything to do with sport. 

Catherine, Youth Development and Community Engagement Officer

Catherine (Cat) runs our Young Leaders program, supporting young people to develop leadership skills and help tackle local youth issues. She's also conducting our COVID-19 Research Project, ensuring that the voices of young people and families are heard and prioritised as our community recovers from the pandemic. Cat is a massive book worm, loves gardening, and is obsessed with finding more plants to add her collection.

Kieran, Youth Development Officer

Kieran facilitates the Young Leaders program with Cat. He has a background in music and video production, and is passionate about supporting young people to develop creative content. In his spare time Kieran enjoys playing guitar, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Tessa, Youth Development Officer

Tessa runs female-specific sports programs, supporting young females with opportunities to get active outdoors in a friendly social environment. She has a graphic design background and enjoys supporting young people in creating various design content. Tessa loves gardening and cooking, and enjoys doing DIY projects, including house renovation.

Youth Services

39a Clow Street, Dandenong