CALM YOUTH...Who are we?
CALM is a youth led non-for-profit organisation that seeks to empower children and young people through meaningful tailored engagement programs. CALM acknowledges that the conditions in which people grow, work, live and play influence health. CALM prides itself on equity, delivering motivational mentoring, social literacy and empowerment workshops to underrepresented schools located within LGA’s across Victoria. CALM programs are informed by lived experience and take a relatable approach in its delivery.
Don't Panic, It's CALM!
Meet Our Team
Alexander Michailidis - Founder & C.E.O
On may 25th 2019 as a year 11 student Alexander had an idea for a youth run basketball program called "CALM Basketball" which had the aim of brining young ballers together to share experiences and push each other to success. It was 2 years later that Alexander came to the realisation that young people need relatable mentors and vowed to fulfil this need through the birth of CALM YOUTH.
"Growing up in the heart of the Northern suburbs to a single mother had its challenges however, I am forever thankful for the support network around me, who's mentorship moulded me into the young man I am today."
Alexander is now 21 years old studying and working full-time with a mission to influence and inspire as many young people as possible. Alexander believes that all young people need a role model they can relate and he hopes to be that figure as a means of paying forward the guidance he was given.
"The Youth of Today are the Leaders of Tomorrow" - Alexander Michailidis
Michael J. Fortune - Director, impact and facilitation
Hailing from Beckley West Virginia, Michael has a story similar to that of a movie. Overcoming poverty, Michael has become a neighbourhood hero and an inspiration to many through his courage and resilience. From homeless to a professional basketball player, Michael has defied all odds. He has played professionally in New Zealand and Australia. In his eight years in Australia, Michael has not only continued a professional basketball career but has, run basketball academy's coached professionally but above all else Michael has become a mentor for many. Michael has the ability to light up a room with his magnetic aura and gifted charm. With the smile Michael possess you wouldn't think he has endured the trials and tribulations he has. Michael has found his purpose since moving to Australia which is to share his story to prove that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
"Inspiration is my Motivation" - Michael J. Fortune
Khalid Muse - Director, strategy & programs
Khalid, at 19, is a dynamic trailblazer, actively promoting health equity and amplifying the voices of young individuals in decision-making. With a background as a public health advisor, Khalid brings expertise in youth engagement, food systems, grants, transformative partnerships, equity and inclusion in sport, mental health and social wellbeing, research, multicultural empowerment, and educational facilitation.
From an early age, Khalid recognized the pervasive inequities within communities across Victoria, specifically acknowledging their impact on children and young people. Through CALM, Khalid is dedicated to a mission ensuring that every child and young person develops the skills to navigate beyond the social conditions they may encounter. Khalid will also continue to find innovative ways to dismantle the systems that condition the inequitable environments that these children and young people grow up in.
"Equity for all, always" - Khalid Muse