YMCA NATIONAL OFFICE
As YMCA Australia's Young CEO for the day, Amanda Gailiss, who is the current YMCA Victoria Youth Parliament Youth Governor, will also shadow the Victorian Minister for Youth Affairs.
Amanda will have the opportunity to raise an issue she's passionate about and use the organisation's networks and operations to create positive change in her community. Amanda is passionate about mental health issues, and is calling for mental health first aid in each YMCA in Australia, to equip YMCA employees to deal with people during a mental health crisis, who may be suicidal, or experiencing a traumatic situation.
Amanda has been passionately debating areas of interest for over six months with Tom Elliott on a regular weekly radio spot on 3AW Radio. These areas include the refugee policy and tackling drugs, recommending that Australia follow Portugal's model of tackling drug use, offering therapy or community service orders rather than being charged.