Meet CREATE’s National Experience to Action Board (Youth)

CREATE is delighted to introduce the members of our brand-new Youth Advisory Board, the ‘National Experience to Action Board (Youth)’ or NEABY.

Formerly known as Influencing Committee, NEABY is made up of young representatives from every State and Territory who will meet on a regular basis over the next 12-months to share their insights and ideas for improving the care system for children and young people around Australia.

Each of our members have a really clear vision for the role they are hoping to play in NEABY. Find out more about the members below.

Meet Tayla our Member for the ACT

Tayla is an incredibly passionate advocate who uses her voice to improve outcomes for young people with a care experience, young people who face disadvantage or disconnection from family, education, and those most vulnerable in our community. She uses her personal experiences to help drive social change, build more inclusive and fairer communities for all young people who live in the ACT.

Tayla received the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year award in 2023 for the significant contributions she made to her community through volunteer roles with CREATE Foundation including through Speak Up, Youth Advisory Groups and the CREATE Your Future program, Youth Care Packages Committee, and the ACT Youth Advisory Council.

Tayla would like to use her role on NEABY to drive transformative change, specifically around the language used to describe children and young people in out-of-home care.

Meet Tommy our Member for NSW

Tommy is passionate about ensuring young people have the opportunity to fulfil their dreams. Being a member of the National Experience to Action Board (Youth), Tommy is empowered to drive change within his community. 

Tommy feels strongly about using his lived experience to educate people who are supporting children and young people growing up in care that all actions (including lack of actions) can have lasting consequences on young people’s lives.

As the NSW representative on NEABY, Tommy’s main priority when communicating with others is to be open to listening, looking at things from other people’s perspectives and being respectful of people’s time.

Meet Harper our Member for VIC

Harper is a 17-year-old CREATE Young Consultant who has been involved with CREATE and Victoria’s Ministerial Advisory Group for several years. 

Harper is thrilled to join NEABY as the representative from Victoria and looks forward to getting to know other members as the Board collectively works towards creating a better care system for other children and young people.

Meet Jayden our Member for QLD

Jayden is a CREATE Young Consultant from Meanjin/Brisbane who has been involved with CREATE for 6 years. Jayden is a passionate advocate for reforming the care system so that children and young people in Queensland feel safe. 

Jayden is also an artist who enjoys crocheting and drawing. 

Meet Cheyenne our Member for WA

Cheyenne is a 23-year-old Young Consultant from WA.

Cheyenne is eager to use her voice and share her ideas for how to best support children and young people with experience of the care system, across the country.

Cheyenne describes her greatest passion as improving the care system. She is excited to see what NEABY can achieve over the next 12 months. 

Meet Keely our Member for NT

Keely is the NEABY member for the Northern Territory. 

After her experience in foster care at the beginning of high school, Keely developed a passion for equity and social justice which has led her to study a social work degree.

Keely is looking forward to being a part of NEABY and sees this opportunity as one for connection, growth and change. 

Meet Sarah our Member for SA

Sarah is a 22-year-old CREATE Young Consultant who has an adorable pet bunny named Pearl. 

Sarah is thrilled to represent South Australia on NEABY and is passionate about changing several things about the care system, including:

  1. Ensuring care leavers are supported in their transition to adulthood with access to essential documents like birth certificates and information about services they can use after leaving care, such as food pantry’s.
  2. Sibling connection through facilitating sibling catch ups or contact with younger siblings who are still in the care system.

Meet Ann our Member for TAS

Ann is the TAS representative on NEABY.

She is 22-years-old with a passion for helping others reach their full potential. Ann’s passion has led her to study psychology where she will move onto her Bachelor’s in Psychology.  

Ann’s interests include cooking, going on drives with friends and Lego. A fun fact about Ann is that she has had every hair colour you could think of.

Update after the first NEABY meeting

At NEABY’s inaugural meeting, members discussed their experiences of transitioning from care, exploring some of the systemic barriers that meant they didn’t get access to support and at times did not know what support was available.

This is what they said:

NEABY members shared some really robust ideas and solutions while reflecting on their experiences of transitioning from care in each State and Territory. CREATE is now in the process of updating our advocacy messaging on transition supports to capture member feedback.

Our members also collaborated to come up with the name, ‘National Experience to Action Board (Youth)’ or NEABY for short. And they consulted on design elements, colours and symbols to present their work moving forward. Watch this space as CREATE develops the NEABY brand to share their work over the next 12 months with the world.