WHO WE ARE
Meet the Team
Founding Director of GEM, Angé Weinrabe, has worked one-to-one with youth who were labelled as disenfranchised and "difficult" by the mainstream systems. Angé found the youth to be extremely bright young people. She started to work with them in a formal support capacity as well as with various institutions, public and private sectors and individuals, to re-connect these young people with others, who are like-minded.
As an outcome of her GEM coaching program, skills and decision-support services have been provided to young people, enabling a vast number of individuals to flourish in their lives (relationships, employment and higher education).
Over the years of working with individuals, Angé found that the young person’s inner voice had either been silenced over time, or that it remained unexpressed. Taking this key aspect into account, Angé developed the GEM Method, which ensures that these young individuals are treated as such – as individuals.
In Ange’s experience, many young people are misunderstood, by their parents, their teachers and also by the society around them. Young people today are more stressed than ever, mainly as not taught more about resilience and need much psychosocial support. This “æffective” and individualised meaningful approach fuels Angé’s dedication to assist young people in a vulnerable stage of human development.
With her ongoing academic research as the foundation and using GEM as a commercial vehicle, Angé’s main aim is to align with WHO 2030 goals in order to target Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD’s) and its projected thirty-year effect on the health sector and global economy, and with the WHO 2004 goals, in order to find a way to address the Prevention of Mental Disorders (Affective Interventions and Policies).
Holding an Arts (Adv.) Hons Degree in Philosophy, The University of Sydney, and currently completing her post-graduate studies at the Brain and Mind Centre, Sydney Medical School, Angé is investigating the hypothesis that dysregulated emotion (anxiety and depression) impairs decision-making in youth.
Angé draws a lot of her inspiration from her Supervisor, Prof. Ian B. Hickie, who works tirelessly to get young people the support they need at the right time and to bring awareness to the impact of Depression and its link to other Non-Communicable Diseases (cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular.) Together, Angé, her external advisers, and her company’s round table of decision-makers give education meaning and connect young leaders to like-minded others locally and worldwide.
GEM's global decision-panel
Young leaders in their specialised fields supporting GEM as a New Social Health Movement
Bobby is passionate about not only the creative industries, but also travelling and seeing the world and all it has to offer. This passion is what has lead him to move from the UK to New Zealand to continue his career and start the next chapter of his life.
Bobby helps GEM in a creative capacity, working on finding and improving technological channels to enhance delivery of its coaching products, international projects and events. In this way, Bobby, helps GEM to more effectively keep young people engaged with its online platforms.
Moving to Sydney and living in the big city was an experience for Link and he feels very fortunate that he had the support of his fellow GEMS to follow his dreams. Link now would like to return the favour and give other people out there support and encouragement to follow their goals and dreams.
Link hopes to achieve this through his skills, passion, and love for music.
He hopes to assist GEM by using music to engage with young people and to learn more about Binaural Beats. Laurence runs a record label SOUL SPILL RECORDINGS which focuses on releasing atmospheric dance music by upcoming Australian artists. Visit https://gemconnect.bandcamp.
Growing up in the isolated mining town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Sam understands the importance of family and community support, especially in respect to mental health. He was the founder of clothing brand the Mighty, whose mantra, write your own story, endeavored to remove the stigma and encourage young people to talk about mental health.
Sam is involved in a youth mentoring program with Youth Off The Streets, which seeks to guide young adults through the transition from high school to work or tertiary studies. Sam’s broad background, passion for supporting young people and business acumen make him a valuable member of GEM.
Michal is a global citizen, who loves to travel and explore the hidden aspects of life – he connects with stakeholders across all industry and academia to find ways to translate research so as to help others. He aspires to contribute to the GEM mission with his attention to detail and emphasis on rigorous research methods.
Michal also works to develop GEM”s network of global stakeholders that support and enable young leaders.
Team members work together as a decision-making panel and on global and Australian projects at different times. Some team members are shareholders of GEM Connect Pty Ltd and drive the overall company strategy, mainly because of their specialised field of expertise that contribute to our innovative leadership business model.