Building on 30 years of success in flexible learning Youth+ has created the Youth+ Institute

  • Promoting educational equity for disenfranchised young people
  • Sharing Youth+ practice in flexible and mainstream settings
  • Responding to community invitation to create new flexible learning options
  • Working with mainstream schools to create flexible options within school
  • Training staff including new staff induction
  • Supporting school improvement processes within flexible options
  • Investing in research and knowledge exchange
  • Creating partnership responses

Our Team


Dale Murray – Director Edmund Rice Education Australia Youth+ Institute (EREA Youth+)
BA GradDipEd, MA ED

For over 29 years Dale has worked in the area of flexible education provision. Firstly, as a teacher in the Centre Education Programme (the first Flexible Learning Centre in Queensland, Australia) then as the Principal, Flexible Learning Centre Network and now in his current role as Director, EREA Youth+ Institute. EREA Youth+ provides socially inclusive educational environments for disenfranchised young people of high school age. The Schools located around the nation work with community, NGO’s, Catholic Education Offices and state and federal governments to re-engage young people who for complex social reasons are unable to maintain a connection with mainstream education services.


Sandra Lee – RTO Operations Manager
Certificate IV in Training & Assessment; Diploma of Project Management

Sandra currently manages, all compliance monitoring and operational functions of the RTO. As Operations Manager Sandra also oversees external contracts and projects, designing and implementing continuous improvement strategies and business development. Sandra is currently completing her dual diplomas in Vocational Education & Training and Training Design & Development. Sandra’s in-depth understanding of ASQA and the Vocational Education and Training industry ensuring the quality assurance and control of the RTO.


Michelle Kelman-Murray – Strategic Improvement, New Initiatives, Professional Development & Research
Bachelor of Speech Therapy (Hons)

Michelle worked nationally for ten years in Edmund Rice Education Australia YouthPlus with a focus on the development of new initiatives and strategic improvement in flexible learning spaces. Michelle has a speech language pathology background and has worked in education for over 30 years in direct service delivery, advocacy, consultancy and management roles.


Daniela Smith – Project Officer
B Business (Management); Prince2 Foundation;  Cert IV in Career Counselling

Daniela currently provides support to the team within EREA Youth+ Institute, in particular the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education, Woodstock and the Youth+ RTO. Daniela has also been involved with EREA schools on a voluntary capacity for the last eight years and during this time worked within the Youthplus National Team and the Xavier Flexi Schools Network. In addition, Daniela ran her own career coaching business to assist, motivate and advise young people with their career journey. She has also volunteered for The Smith Family, Centacare and Worklinks Inc, and mentored young people because she believes they have the potential to achieve great things for their future and the future of their communities.


Megan Hall – Executive Officer of the Youth+ Foundation

Megan has worked with young people in various settings, including homeless, Youth Justice and Education for the past decade. Her passion for the work lies in her rights- based framework and strong belief that all young people have enormous potential as contributors to our world. Megan has a Social Science – Human Services degree (BSocSc), specialising in Young People and is currently completing her Masters of Education. Megan’s role within the Youth+ Foundation is focused on supporting quality and innovative responses to education for young people from diverse and complex backgrounds. Megan does this by supporting Youth+ Flexible Learning Centres across Australia to seek funding, prepare grant submissions and build strategic partnerships within their communities. The Youth+ Foundation also plays an important role in raising the awareness of young people disenfranchised from education and highlight the important work of flexible learning in Australia.


Nigal De Maria – Education Officer – Youth+ Institute

Nigal has been working in inclusive education for almost 20 years with a focus on trauma informed education. He has been a school leader nationally and internationally in primary and secondary schooling, mainstream schools, special assistance schools and special education schools. He has also worked in the Not-for-Profit sector, Out of Home Care Sector, disability sector and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.


Mick Orton – Education Consultant for Life Without Barriers Collaborative Education Program South West Queensland Region
BSc (Hons): Applied Physics, Post Graduate Certificate of Education: (Secondary Science), School Leadership: LFTM

An experienced school leader, Mick has extensive experience working with and advocating for young people who have found main stream education difficult. Many will have experience significant early childhood trauma and present with severe social, emotion and behavioural difficulties.


Lorna Genoud – Education Consultant for the Sydney Region covering both North and South areas
Bachelor of Education and Masters in International Public Health

Lorna has a range of broad experiences in Education, Disability, Health and Juvenile Justice; and holds a Bachelor of Education and Masters in International Public Health. She consults and supports Life Without Barriers staff, provides strategies and professional development to schools and assists young people in a range of school related issues, ensuring that the assistance provided is sustainable and that young people are supported through a holistic and care team approach.


Paul Kah-Nutt – Project Coordinator Woodstock

PK’s primary role is to facilitate a collective impact locally, promoting Woodstock as an Outdoor Education and Adventure based environment where young people have the opportunity to realise their potential. The PC role also includes responding to contemporary issues impacting young people and actively working with government, business and community in an effort to expand Woodstock themes to accommodate relevant strategic actions.


John Radke – Maintenance Supervisor Woodstock

JR’s primary role is to supervise the maintenance of Woodstock farming practices, facilities, parklands and environment. The MS role also includes contributing to the potential of young people’s development through the sharing grass-roots skills and knowledge.

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