Chad van Heerden (Driving Mentor)

Chad is a Driving mentor part of our Drive me program at Youth Options. As a mentor, his main role is to provide support and encouragement for young people completing their learner hours. Helping young people to achieve their goal of getting their license, assisting them to overcome any barriers leading up to gaining their driving independence.
Chad is currently completing his Diploma of Social Science and has completed his qualification in Child, Youth and Family intervention. While studying Chad works as a youth programs coordinator and a Therapeutic youth worker with young people that have experienced trauma and neglect. Chad has been a case manager working with young people transitioning to the workforce with barriers such as homelessness, incarceration and mental health issues.

Chad Staunton (Barista Mentor)

Chad is Barista Mentor at the Youth Options site on Sturt street, Adelaide. As a Barista Mentor, his main role is to support participants in developing skills in all areas of cafe work and coffee knowledge. Chad has a number of years working with young people and enjoys combining his love of coffee and youth work.
Chad graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work) in 2011. Upon graduating, Chad spent many years working in cafes throughout the United Kingdom and Canada. He has has travelled extensively throughout Central and South America, visiting coffee farms, attending expos and national competitions. Upon returning home to Adelaide, Chad has been working part-time in cafe’s whilst completing his Bachelor of Psychological Studies in 2022.

Lenard Sciancalepore (Workshop Facilitator)

Lenard Sciancalepore is a Workshop Facilitator and Trainer at Youth Options because he believes in the capabilities of young people and loves facilitating this growth to help them be the best versions of themselves. Lenard is primarily engaged in South Australia’s multicultural communities and an active volunteer. An active traveller and language-learner, Lenard loves exploring new cultures, understanding traditions, and connecting with people. One of Lenard’s favourite quotes is by the late Nelson Mandela: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” For fun Lenard loves volunteering, going out with friends, playing chess and strategy games, spending time in the garden, cooking, listening to music, and watching movies.

Paula Clarke (Driving Mentor)

Paula is a Driving Mentor at Youth Options and works in the Drive Me Program. As a qualified Motor Driving Instructor her main role is to support young people through their driving journey. This can be by providing initial lessons, manoeuvring practice or VORT preparation. Throughout their driving she assists them to overcome nerves and become Safe competent drivers.
Paula has over 30 years of Driving Instructor experience including training in trucks, emergency vehicles and motorcycles. She is passionate about all thing’s road safety.

Jackson Fidge (Case Manager)

Meet Jackson Fidge, one of our dedicated case managers who brings a unique set of skills to the youth space team. Jackson has a passion for helping young people achieve their full potential.
In addition to his work as a case manager, Jackson is also a qualified cabinet maker. He has an eye for detail and takes pride in his ability to create high-quality, custom-made furniture. His woodworking skills have also allowed him to teach young people the importance of craftsmanship, patience, and attention to detail.

Jackson is also a u18’s division 1 basketball coach. He has been coaching basketball for 3 years and has helped many young athletes improve their game. Jackson believes that basketball provides a unique opportunity for young people to learn important life skills such as teamwork, communication, and perseverance.

With his diverse set of skills and passion for working with young people, Jackson is a great fit for our youth space team. His commitment to helping others achieve their goals and his ability to teach valuable life skills make him an asset to our organization.

Jessica Joute (FLO Case Manager)

Jessica Joute is a FLO Case Manager at Youth Space. Jessica has completed a Master of Social Work and Master of International Community Development from University of South Australia and Victoria University. Jessica is very passionate about empowering others and providing support to those in need. Jessica uses her expertise in social work and community development to create customised plans for each individual based on their unique circumstances and needs. Prior to her work at Youth Space, Jessica worked as a technician at Apple where she gained valuable experience in customer service, communication and problem-solving. This has taught her how to effectively communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds which has proven invaluable in her work as a case manager.

Lauren Upham (Youth Space Assistant Administration Officer)

Since joining Youth Options in August 2019 as a volunteer administration officer, Lauren has proved her ability to complete administration tasks with a smile. Now working upstairs in the Youth Space, Lauren provides administration support to the Youth Services Manager and Youth Co-ordinator.

Lenet Mbatia (Youth Space Case Manager)

Lenet is a FLO Case Manager in our Youth Space program. Lenet has completed a Master of Social Work and Master of Health and International Development from University of South Australia and Flinders University respectively. In addition to this, she has over 3 years working experience in the medical field in her beloved home country, Kenya. Lenet’s true passion has always been working with young people and assisting them in realising their true potential. Lenet believes in the importance of having alternate pathways in education or learning for all young people especially those who are facing multiple or complex barriers in their lives. She employs a holistic systems approach to helping young people to achieve success.

Zoe Dowd (Youth Space Case Manager)

Zoe is a Case Manager at Youth Space Flexible Learning Options (FLO) program at Youth Options. As a Case Manager, her main role is to deliver case management by supporting young people to achieve their goals and assist them to overcome any barriers they may be facing.

Zoe graduated with a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology) in 2015. Once she graduated from her Bachelor’s degree, while studying a Master’s in Social Work, Zoe began working with young people experiencing homelessness and developed a strong passion for working with and supporting young people. In 2017 she graduated with a Master of Social Work.

Clayton Byrne (Learning Lead/Case Manager)

Clayton Byrne is a Case Manager within the Youth Space section of Youth Options. He received his certificate 4 in Youth Work from TAFE SA in 2018. Coming from a Military background, in 2002 he joined the Royal Australian Navy at the age of 17 and was deployed at the age of 18 to Afghanistan. Clayton served in the RAN for 10 years until suffering a career ending injury. While Clayton was studying his certificate at TAFE, he worked as assertive outreach team member assisting the homeless to gain assistance with homelessness and Alcohol and other Drugs sector.

Clayton has overcome many obstacles since leaving the ADF, which has led to him educating himself further in his own personal development. In addition, he is one of the amazing members of our Youth Options team. He brings to the table the best intentions for all participants, he is persistent, has lived experience and wants to see the young people he works with succeed and reach the potential that they have.


Amy Sterkenberg (Practice Leader – Youth Space)

Amy is the Practice Leader for our Youth Space Flexible Learning Options Program at Youth Options. 

Amy is passionate about supporting young into a positive pathway towards employment and success. Amy graduated from Flinders University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Planning Degree.

Amy has a strong background in hospitality which she brings to Youth Options to help young people develop essential skills towards employment.

Amy assisting one of her Coffee Craft participants make coffee.



Jenni King (Manager – Youth Space)

Jenni is the manager of  Youth Space and manages the day-to-day running of the division as well as liaising with schools, supporting case managers and facilitating learning.

Jenni has worked in the community service industry for over 20 years, for the majority of this time, supporting young people. She has Certificate 4’s in Mental Health, Youth Work, Training and Assessment andis currently studying Certificate 4 in Career Development and a Diploma of Leadership and Management. Jenni believes that all young people deserve respect and equal opportunities. She works to form trusting relationships with young people and their careers as well as working with case managers to provide individual learning plans for the FLO students to assist them in pursuing their chosen pathways and completing SACE.