Claire Foster

My name is Claire Foster and I’m 22. I graduated from UWA with a psychology degree in 2013 and am now going back to uni to begin my honours, with the goal of eventually becoming a psychologist.

I currently work at the Freedom Centre, an early intervention mental health service for young LGBTIQ people under 26. I started volunteering there in mid 2014, and have been a staff member since mid 2015. My role at FC is to provide support, information and referrals to the visitors – this might include information about LGBTIQ community groups, which GPS are trans friendly, or just a chat about how their day has been. We operate on a peer support model, which means all the staff and volunteers are young people under 26.

I also tutor with the Follow the Dream program, which is a statewide after school study program that supports aspirant Aboriginal students in their secondary education. Tutors assist students with their homework and study, while also building relationships with the students and the community.

I’m so excited to start working as a YEP Crew Peer Educator because I have seen firsthand how effective peer education is, and I think education about issues like sexual health and consent are vitally important for young people to have healthy relationships and lives.

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YEP at Fairground 2016

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Safe Schools Coalition WA: Introductory Session

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Vanessa Vlajkovic

Hi! My name is Nessa and I’m 20 years old. I’m studying Journalism at Edith Cowan University, with a Public Relations minor. I am an avid reader, writer, traveller and cheerleader. I’m also a passionate advocate for the deafblind community, and for other types of disability. I’ve been on the committee of the Youth Disability Advocacy Network (YDAN) at YACWA for a few months, and through them have developed a desire to become a YEP volunteer, as I want to expand my horizons.

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