The self-awareness Matt,Todd, Lui and Haize have developed around their own evolutionary processes allows them to stand alongside others who are struggling as a non-judgemental mentors. It is this capacity that they bring to their work with youth.
They are firm believers in the change that can be created in sharing their stories, with young people and adults alike benefiting from the lessons derived from their lived experiences in workshops and keynote speaking.
As a youth workers, facilitators, mediators, and trainers, this tight team unit has spent more than a combined 20 years working in youth justice in Australia and New Zealand, as well as residential care units, and community organisations that support young people. The team values a holistic approach to addressing young people’s challenging behavior and consults in the professional development of stakeholders to the youth justice arena and Child Protection system.
It has been by virtue of a combination of life and industry experiences that Matt came to recognise the service gaps that young people were slipping through time and time again, before moving to found Chin Up Project in 2017, rebranding as The Contender with Todd, Lui and Haize in 2019.