Matt Noffs is the Development Manager at the Ted Noffs Foundation (TNF). He has worked in the Drug and Alcohol field for over six years and has become a voice in the community for young people, especially those suffering from drug and alcohol dependency.
Since 2001, Matt has created and coordinated various programs with a host of different charities around the country to create projects that engage the community including: Your Call, which provides youth with the opportunity to access education on the legal and personal risks involved in underage alcohol consumption and ways to adopt responsible drinking behaviour, The National Drug Awards, which celebrates the Alcohol and Other Drug Sector’s endeavours and is supported by the Prime Minister and Hiphoperations through which Matt spent 2005 travelling to remote and regional locations (with the Croc Festival) around Australia working with indigenous and non-indigenous young people to support them in ‘finding a voice’.
Recently, Matt and four other young people founded Harmony in the Park, an event that brought 2000 people from all over Sydney together to find peace in the aftermath of the Cronulla riots.
Matt is currently creating a new program called the ‘Street University’ where severely marginalised young people in the Liverpool/ Cabramatta area in NSW will have access to tertiary-style education.
Matt makes regular presentations and speeches around the country on the importance of young people and their unlimited potential.
Author's website: Ted Noffs Foundation