Youth Ambassador - Elvir Catovic
Elvir is currently completing year 11 at Endeavour Sports High in NSW. After completing the Junior Top Blokes program in, Elvir has come onboard as a Top Blokes Youth Ambassador for 2016. With his passion for life and talent for story telling he hopes he can encourage other young men to actively participate in social education programs like Junior Top Blokes.
Youth Ambassador - Bradley Harris
Brad is currently in year 11 at Illawarra Sports High in NSW. He is a keen runner and after completing the Junior Top Blokes program in late 2015 has come on board as a new Youth Ambassador for Top Blokes in 2016. Brad is passionate about ensuring that all young men feel valued and have access to the help and services they need to be successful into the future.
Youth Ambassador - Lachlan Boon
Lachlan Boon is in year 10 at Lake Illawarra High School in NSW and is in his second year as Top Blokes Youth Ambassador. in 2015 he graduated from the Top Blokes schools mentoring program and his passion for promoting positive mental health in other young men is palpable. Lachlan is on a mission to help other young men to understand that talking about your problems and seeking help has no impact on their masculinity.
Youth Ambassador - Jayden Parisi
Jayden is a Top Bloke from Illawarra Sports High where he sits on the Student Representative Council. His favourite sport right now is cricket - and he's pretty good too! Jayden enjoyed the 16-week Junior Top Blokes program and says he gained a lot from it, particularly how his mentors gave him information about different topics which helped him determine the kind of person he'd like to be. Jayden is looking to build up his confidence in public speaking and get hands on by volunteering in his local community. He's keen on joining other members of his family and becoming a paramedic, and his claim to fame is he once caught a 47cm flathead on the Hawkesbury River!
Youth Ambassador - Isaac Wardle
Isaac is a student at Endeavour Sports High and he is an absolute gun when it comes to football (soccer) - in fact he's just been selected to represent Australia in the Under 16s next year in Italy! Isaac enjoyed the Junior Top Blokes program because he was able to speak freely about things that were affecting him in a fun, interactive environment. When he's not training or playing soccer, Isaac enjoys bushwalking with his Elders and going to the beach. By joining the Youth Ambassador program, he hopes to gain experience in the media (Top Blokes get asked to a lot of events!) and to actively spread awareness about young men's health and well-being, particularly for young Aboriginal men.
Youth Ambassador - Steven Gamu
Steven joins the Youth Ambassador team from Endeavour Sports High. He enjoys touch rugby, tennis and basketball, to name a few sports. Steven is pretty wicked on the guitar and piano too - his favourite jams are "River Flow in You" and "Riptide". Steven enjoyed the Junior Top Blokes program and its open-minded messages about young men and masculinity. According to Steven, if more programs like this existed, then people would feel comfortable to talk openly about issues affecting young men, and learn to be themselves when it comes to negative stereotyping. Steven is aiming to build on his speaking abilities, leadership qualities and to engage with people to spread positive messages about young men.
Youth Ambassador - Jonah Miles
Jonah joins the Top Blokes Ambassador team from Lake Illawarra High, where he plays basketball and football and is looking forward to studying photography next year. Jonah likes that the 16-week Junior Top Blokes program is "about us" - well said!
Jonah is unsure what he wants to study at university after high school, but he is pretty sure he'd like to combine work, study and sports, which we think is a great combination. Jonah hopes to build on his leadership skills and gain experience in new areas to put on his résumé. A quick fun fact about Jonah: we may have our first psychic Top Bloke! When Jonah was young he proudly told his family, "I will never break a bone!" and the next day...yep, he had. Wait, that's the opposite of psychic isn't it?
Ambassador - Arj Barker
Arj is an American stand-up comedian who has a huge following all over the world. He has won the coveted Perrier Best Newcomer Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has performed regular sell out seasons at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He now tours Australia and New Zealand on a regular basis playing to sold out audiences playing in the largest theatres in the country.
Check out Arj's tips for being a Top Bloke here.
Ambassador - Akmal Saleh
Akmal originally immigrated to Australia from Egypt with his family nearly 30 years ago. Touring the country to numerous sell out tours, Akmal's uncanny comedic gift has the audience eating out of the palm of his hand as soon as he walks on stage. Well known for his appearances on national television shows such as Rove, The Glass House and “Thank God You’re Here”, Akmal has written a book with Random House based on his life living as an Arab stand-up comedian in Australia – “The Life Of Akmal”
Check out Akmal's words of wisdom for young men here.