Jacob - Development Coach, Step Up Latrobe Valley

Jacob was raised in the Latrobe Valley and developed a passion for the community. Through volunteer work as a facilitator on various leadership camps he identified a passion for educating young people, especially in regard to mental health and wellbeing. Because of this passion he pursued a qualification in the youth sector, completing a Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies at RMIT University in November 2021.

Jacob became part of the Step Up Latrobe Valley team in August 2021 as a university placement student, joining the LV team as a Development Coach. He remained with Ladder after his placement and has thoroughly enjoyed his time as a part of the team.

His passion for the Latrobe Valley and its young people has contributed to Jacob becoming a reliable and passionate team member. His optimistic and joyous attitude can connect well with young people and staff in a positive manner. He is looking forward to the opportunity to make an impact in the wider community and to educate participants to become more well-equipped citizens in their environment.

Jacob’s favourite memory at Ladder so far has been the Alumni program which was facilitated for all Step Up Latrobe Valley graduates from the various programs of 2021. It was a fun week, in which the young people got to celebrate their achievements of graduating the program, by participating in some fun activities while also reflecting on the program, the great strides which the young people have taken throughout and the program’s impact.

Outside of the Ladder office, Jacob enjoys spending time with friends, playing football for Yinnar Football Club and focusing on his health and fitness.