YMCA - Why Not?

By Young People

We know what matters to young people because we are young people, so why not let us share your stories?

WhyNot? is run by a volunteer editorial committee who are young, passionate, a little quirky and a lot enthusiastic about getting your work published for the world to see! We want to stand with you as you share your voice, and our team is committed to making sure that you are supported from submission to publication and beyond.

Meet our Editorial Committee

Angus Lonergan

Angus Lonergan

Sassy Scribbler

Angus is a news junkie and passionate advocate for youth empowerment and LGBTI+ inclusion and equity – he uses male pronouns. Angus grew up in Launceston, Tasmania, where he got his first taste of the newsroom as a cadet journalist for the Examiner. With the burning desire to break the shackles of island life, Angus moved to Melbourne to attend La Trobe University where he completed a Masters of International Relations. A mad obsession with Japan then led Angus to spend a year in the country teaching English to elementary school students. Angus has always believed in the power of the voice of young people and landing a job as the Youth Empowerment Coordinator at YMCA NSW was the perfect outlet for this passion.

Aileen Ng

Aileen Ng

Digital Strategist

With a love for illustration and topical issues, Aileen first joined WhyNot? as a contributing artist. Now, she’s a regular illustrator for the digital platform. After completing her bachelor degrees in engineering and design, Aileen initially worked as an engineer. Her struggle with the daily grind led to the birth of Cartoons for Sanity- a comic series that pokes fun at the bizarity of our day-to-day existence. Thanks to an existential crisis and a move into a career as a designer, Aileen has finally found her true passion. She hopes to use her illustrations to create conversations that allow other young Australians to tell their own personal stories. You can check out more of her work at aileenng.com.

Georgie Nichol

Georgie Nichol

Wordsmith

With a degree in Health Science and a Masters in Education, Georgie landed at YMCA Australia in 2015. Her love of travel has been met with opportunity as a Global Change Agent to connect with young leaders from the YMCA Movement across the globe. Having taught English for 6 months in a remote community in Vietnam, Georgie is impact driven and passionate about elevating the voices of young people. When she’s not planning her next overseas adventure, you’ll find her running (Forrest Gump style) in endurance events and being a helicopter parent to her labrador puppy, Chilli.

Jono Santamaria

Jono Santamaria

Web Mastermind

Jono is passionate about travel and an avid consumer of smallgoods. After completing a Bachelor of Public Health at La Trobe University, Jonathon continued his studies in Mexico City while he traveled North America. Soon after returning to Australia he began his career at the YMCA in Whittlesea. At 25, Jono moved to Barcelona and spent a year and half traveling Europe and Central America. Jono is currently the Director of YMCA Global Study, a social enterprise that provides short-term study abroad programs for Australian university students and would love to see WhyNot? used to help challenge and change how we form public health policy.

Lachie Sands

Lachie Sands

Grammar-nazi

Lachie completed most of a journalism degree before joining the YMCA as the Youth Parliament Coordinator in Queensland. Being an editor with WhyNot combines his passions of quality writing and youth empowerment, as well as feeding his obsession with news analysis. Outside of the daily grind, Lachie has eclectic hobbies, including travelling, hiking, water safety, musical theatre and the ‘Comments by Celebs’ Instagram account. He is on his way to achieving his life goal of never leaving university by starting a new degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Queensland.

Lauren Pollock

Lauren Pollock

Comms Queen

With a love of meeting new people, a passion for going to new places and an obsession for buying new packets of peanut MnMs, Lauren joined the YMCA Brisbane marketing and events team in 2017. After stumbling through a business degree and reluctantly starting a law degree, she finally found her feet in the world of creatives, enthusiastically finishing a degree in Entertainment. Starting out in children’s television and then working alongside the amazing TEDx Brisbane team, Lauren discovered an appetite for sharing interesting stories and innovative ideas that excite and inspire.

Natalie Woloszyn

Natalie Woloszyn

Female Tony Stark

Natalie has had Mickey (Disney) as a boss, loves travelling to new places and is passionate about having the voice of young people heard. Living in Western Australia, she loves the beach, exploring the outdoors and runs her own small candle making business on the side. With a degree in Marketing, Advertising and PR, Natalie is driven and thrives in a fast-paced marketing environment. Joining the Y in 2018., Natalie is passionate about creating real change and connecting the YMCA to the needs of the community.

Lydia Hartwig

Lydia Hartwig

Thurnberg's Apprentice

Lydia is a bookworm with a passion for environmental sustainability and youth empowerment. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and a minor in History. For the last two years she has worked with the YMCA in Bendigo as an after-school-care Educator, while she completed her Masters in Teaching degree. Now that she’s graduated she is looking to get into editing and make a difference for those whose voices need to be heard. As well as being enamoured with all things literature, Lydia has an avid interest in video games and designing new equipment for her local LARP community where she participates, referees, and organises special events.

Priyanka Dharmapalan

Priyanka Dharmapalan

Slum-dunk Stringer

Priyanka, better known as Pinky, is a filmmaker, content creator and digital coordinator with a fitting degree in Media. Joining YMCA NSW in 2019, as the Digital Content Producer, she finds fulfilment in applying her talents towards a purpose. A proud Hufflepuff, Pinky can usually be found quoting cheesy chick flicks, trying to practise her slam dunk - emphasis on trying -, live-streaming baseball games, waking up too early to go to the gym, undoing her hard-work by satisfying her sweet tooth and having a boogie on the dance floor with her friends. Pinky believes that stories addressing experiences and issues that matter to young people are most meaningful when told by young people themselves.

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