Jon Staley is the Executive Manager at Youthworx. He is a Producer, Writer, Director and Social Entrepreneur and has been involved in establishing the youth media social enterprise Youthworx from scratch – taking the seed idea of using creative media to engage highly marginalised young people and building a sustainable model. Over the past decade Jon has successfully overseen the development and production of over 400 commissioned short films while training and mentoring young people as film producers. Most recently Jon co-wrote and directed Brown Paper Bag based on a story by acclaimed indigenous author and storyteller Boori Monty Pryor. In 2017 Brown Paper Bag was the winner of Best Achievement in Indigenous Filmmaking at the Stkilda Film Festival.
Jon came to Youthworx with a background in education, theatre and film and has a longstanding passion and commitment to working with marginalized youth on creative arts and media based projects. From 1998 to 2002 Jon taught Drama, English and Media and was Performing Arts Coordinator at Northland Secondary College in Preston.
Between 2002 and 2007 Jon taught in Youth programs with NMIT TAFE while also working on a range of film, theatre and education projects alongside indigenous film maker Richard Frankland. In 2000 Jon was awarded the inaugural Peter Clarke Teaching for Reconciliation Award based on his work with the indigenous community at Northland.