Barea - Youth Worker - Elanora QLD, Australia

Juanita Barea

Elanora QLD, Australia


Youth Worker


With an Honors degree in Psychology, I did my thesis on homeless youth and went on to work with this group as a counsellor, youth worker, case worker and trainer. I am now passionate about facilitating programs inspiring young people to live incredible lives.

Work History

assist them

Starlight Children's Foundation

From October 2011

in clarifying their dream wishes and then putting these wishes into place. Duties include:
♦ Regular meetings with starlight children and family
♦ Coordinating logistics for wish placement
♦ Accessing sponsors for wish embellishment and administrative procedures

Workshop Facilitator and coach

Self Employed

From October 2011

This has involved running group workshops and individual coaching sessions in Australia and overseas. Duties include:
♦ Running community group workshops in self development
♦ Individual coaching sessions
♦ Administrative procedures

South America

October 2010 - September 2011



Ballina Community Services Centre

May 2009 - October 2010

Ballina Community Services Centre
Ballina Shire Council This position involved coordinating all tenants of the centre, timetable all room bookings and manage payments. Duties included:
♦ Coordinating all room bookings and promoting events
♦ Running free singing classes for the community and those with learning disabilities
♦ Responding efficiently to all phone and counter enquiries
♦ Report writing, administrative procedures, internet research and liaising with community organizations

Travel Consultant - Customer Service (Youth)

Tribal Travel

March 2008 - May 2009

, Byron Bay This position involved liaising with hundreds of agencies, coordinating detailed travel plans for customers, booking tours & accommodation. Duties included:
♦ Working in a stressful, high volume environment
♦ Multitasking, answering phone enquiries, doing presentations and preparing tickets quickly and effectively
♦ Providing information to travelers and the general public

Retail Manager

Living Energies

December 2004 - September 2006

This position involved being a retail manager for a new age store, selling new age music and products.
♦ Hiring and managing staff
♦ Marketing and administration
♦ Sales, merchandising and customer relations

Music Teacher

Children's Program

July 2004 - December 2004

Children's Program
Sydney City Council This position involved working with 1-5 year olds and their carers to appreciate and enjoy using a wide variety of musical instruments.
Duties Include:
♦ Composing original music to be performed
♦ Singing and playing acoustic guitar with children
♦ Teaching percussion and rhythm to 1-5yr olds

Singer / Performer/ Workshop facilitator

Self Employed

January 2003 - May 2008

This involved working as a singer at festivals and events. Duties included:
♦ Coordinating all bookings and promoting events, selling cds
♦ Performing (singing/ guitar) live at festivals, clubs & events
♦ Facilitating singing workshops

Training and Project Coordinator

Music & Arts

June 2000 - January 2004

Wollongong City Employment Training
This position involved coordinating several creative courses and programs involving music and theatre. Duties included:
♦ Selecting modules and programming timetables
♦ Interviewing & supporting students and trainers
♦ Conducting training in music, goal setting and theatre
♦ Assisting students in further studies and employment

Environmental Education Coordinator

Rockdale City Council

January 1998 - July 1998

, Sydney This position involved Coordinating of the Waste Minimisation Education Strategy for Council. Duties included:
♦ Running community education and staff training days
♦ Responding to resident enquiries and concerns efficiently and effectively

Teacher & children's camp program facilitator

Suzanne Sparrows School

September 1998 - October 1999

These positions involved working as a teacher
UK; Bethany Language in Spain and Summer School residential positions in
School, UK; Kelingtons, Spain the UK. Duties included:
♦ Running performance nights for 80 children
♦ Running fun activities for summer camp
♦ Teaching English

Counselor / Caseworker / Youth worker

Illawarra Area Health Service

May 1994 - February 1998

This time was spent working as a counselor and case
Wollongong Youth Accommodation worker in various settings. Duties included:
And Support Association, Barnardos,
Goulburn Correctional Centre
♦ Running workshops and training sessions
♦ The provision of group, family, crisis and individual counseling Recruiting and assessing foster carers
♦ Liaising with Community Services and Government Departments

Qualifications & Certifications

St Mary's Star of the Sea College, Wollongong, NSW

Music Performance, Voice

Eora College of Performing Arts


The University of Wollongong

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