About AYC

Our Vision

A harmonious community where all young people belong and have the opportunity to fulfil their dreams.

Our Values

  • Respect
  • Empowerment
  • Integrity
  • Equality
  • Passion
  • Accountability

Our Purpose

Based in the Cumberland LGA, AYC aims to:

  • Bring young people of all cultures, faiths, genders and abilities together in a community of understanding and acceptance.
  • Empower young people through education, training, counselling, recreation and individualised support.
  • Support and challenge young people to make informed and healthy decisions.
  • Respond to the needs of the individual and community as identified by young people.

How We Work

AYC actively responds to the identified needs of young people through creating relevant and dynamic programs and by working with young people in an open and empowering manner.

Our programs and activities are:

  1. Developed in consultation with youth and other community members.
  2. Run to be culturally appropriate for all youth.
  3. Bound by confidentiality and privacy laws.
  4. Flexible and adaptive to the needs of individuals and communities.
  5. Overseen by qualified and culturally aware staff.

Our Story – Creating Opportunity, Building Community

Auburn Youth Centre Inc. is an independent charitable organisation governed by a Board of Directors elected by AYC members. AYC relocated to Church Street Wyatt Park Lidcombe in 2014 from its previous home in Mary Street, Auburn. AYC receives subsided rent from Cumberland Council for the use of the premises at Wyatt Park.

Established in 1986, AYC is a service that continues to bring young people of all cultural, linguistic, religious and ethnic backgrounds together to access the Centre’s facilities and programs. We provide individualised support, activities and programs for young people aged 12-24.

Our difference is that we are not aligned to any cultural, religious, social or ethnic group,  being open and welcoming to all young people. We cross all socio-economic groups as all our activities are free. We hope to build a harmonious community and assist in creating pathways towards a positive and healthy future for young people. We strive to break down the barriers associated with culture, language, education, economic disadvantage, established stereotypes and racism that can affect young people. Whilst open to all young people we have a soft sport for the most disadvantaged, actively seeking to support those 1 in 9 young people aged 15-24 who are neither working or in education,  those who are newly arrived in Australia and those struggling with mental health issues.

With the support of Dooleys Lidcombe Catholic Club and Cumberland Council the Wyatt Park Centre has been upgraded to contain a music recording studio, music room, computer lab, study room, wifi, basketball hoop and small small indoor soccer and sporting court. It is with particular pride that we are now upgrading the kitchen to be a commercial training kitchen and cafe for young people. We are looking to create educational and employment opportunities for young people, not just in catering and hospitality but in business, music, marketing,  events and sport. It is an exciting future for AYC and for the community.

Our journey also involves bringing more services and supports for young people into the Centre.  We are proud to have the Woodville Alliance – Strong Minds in office space inside the Centre. Over the coming year we look forward to new partners entering the Centre.

In 2016/17 AYC supported 835 young people. Those young people identified as being born in more than 50 different countries. We found people work, we supported people into education, we helped them find homes, we helped with legal and health matters and sadly but proudly helped many young people confronted by bullying and violence. We created safe outlets for fun, learning and new friendships and along the way hope that we have made a difference.

AYC’s work is made possible with support from government, corporate Australia and local community partners. AYC also thanks all the people who volunteer their time and expertise to the Centre and to the youth of Auburn.

AYC’s major projects are funded by the Department of Family and Community Services.  To maintain our projects we also rely on the support of Cumberland Council, philanthropic organisations and fundraising activities.

For more of our history and some nostalgic photographs click here

AYC Board

Chair Person

Marc Hassan

Marc Hassan has over 20 years commercial experience in industries including Finance, Hospitality, ICT, Manufacturing and logistics in both Australia and the UK. He has served as a Company Secretary and Finance Director in a multinational Company and also has experience in start-ups and running his own company.
Marc is experienced in providing CFO advisory services and consultation, guiding new business development and leading audit, forecast and risk management functions.
In addition to being a CPA, he holds an honours degree in English Literature and has industry qualifications in programming and database administration.
Marc is passionate about mental health and youth issues.

Secretary

Amira Hashemi

Amira currently works in Rhodes as an innovation and sustainability coordinator for a national property developer. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from UTS and a Masters of Sustainability from the University of Sydney. During her time at UTS, Amira attended the Humanitarian Affairs University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Manila, The Philippines, and participated in a month-long teaching program for primary school students in Thailand.  Amira’s capstone project during her Master’s was on shared value, trying together her interests of addressing social problems through a business lens. Amira has lived in Auburn since 2010 and loves Auburn for its diversity of people, food and culture. She also brings a young person’s perspective to our Board.

Treasurer

Mannee Chew

Mannee Chew is an experienced and qualified Chartered Accountant with over 15 years working experience in multinational corporations in Australia and overseas. Mannee has worked in many different industries with responsibility for teams and large budgets. She brings her expertise, knowledge and skill in accounting and management to AYC as a treasurer.

Mannee lived and grew up in multicultural society. She fully understands the diversity of culture and she is passionate about the well being of the children of the future. Mannee joined the AYC board in 2016.

Board Member

Chris Naughton

Chris is a lawyer with over 30 years of commercial experience including having served as Chairman of Trustees of the NSW Responsible Gambling Fund, CEO of two listed anti-cancer research Companies, and Chairman of a US Biomedical company.
He has a Bachelor of Laws from UNSW, a Bachelor of Economics from ANU, and completed the PMD at the Harvard Business School.

Board Member

Andrew Stone

Andrew Stone has a background in HIV and sexual health, holding a Bachelor of Liberal studies(Psychology) and Master of Health Science (Sexual Health) from the University of Sydney. Andrew became involved with AYC when working in youth sexual health in western Sydney. Andrew was inspired by  the work AYC did  with disadvantaged young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and after he moved on from his job joined AYC’s board to stay involved with its work.

Board Member

Lasya Rao

Lasya is a young media professional employed in the public relations field as the Group Communications Executive at Volkswagen Group Australia. At Volkswagen Lasya is responsible for writing press statements, managing a large departmental budget, coordinating events and creating communications plans. Lasya has experience working with young people of diverse backgrounds. In a three-year term as a tutor at the University of Sydney Writing Hub, she helped numerous ESL and EFL students improve their writing skills in order to achieve their academic targets. Lasya also served as a secretary at the university student union, overseeing administration of over five Board subcommittees/working parties. Lasya also brings the perspective of young people to our Board.

Board Member

Ann Knowles

Ann Knowles has been working in the refugee and asylum seeker sector for 8 years. She has a Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Development and a Diploma of Management. Ann holds extensive experience in program and staff management and is committed to working collaboratively with culturally and linguistically diverse communities. She brings to AYC her dedication to young people and passion for the Auburn community.

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