Michelle worked as a teacher before establishing Youth Excel in 2000, a charity which delivers life skills education and mentoring programs to state, private and alternative learning schools nationwide.
Her work has been featured on The Today Show, Today Tonight and Channel 10 Morning News, as well as countless print media including The Age, The Courier Mail and Dolly magazine. She is a regular contributor to Get Ahead Kids, Prime Time Radio and 96.5fm’s radio segments.
As a speaker, Michelle is down to earth, energetic and passionate. She was recently awarded Inspirational Speaker 2013 by the state government.
As an author, Michelle has incorporated years of grassroots experience into her book, “What Teenage Girls Don’t Tell their Parents”. Michelle has also authored a series of five life skills programs being utilised by schools nationwide.
Michelle’s honest and hope-filled approach has seen her help countless teenagers transition successfully into adulthood. She is a registered teacher and lives with her husband and two teenagers, in Brisbane, Australia.
What People are Saying About Michelle
Youth Excel offers much needed services for the Moreton Bay region.
I would particularly like to acknowledge the success of initiatives such as the Girls Excel small group program. This program aims to help young girls faced with significant life challenges who, as a result, are ‘at risk’ of disconnecting with education and/or family.
Youth Excel’s Counselling and Mentoring Centre is also achieving excellent results for young people, working on a more personal level to bring relief and provide support in Kallangur.
As parents of two teenagers, my wife and I commend “What Teenage Girls Don’t Tell their Parents” and Michelle’s parent workshops. I believe they are a valuable source of information. I congratulate Youth Excel for the difference they have made to the lives of hundreds of young people across the Moreton Bay Region.
Trevor Ruthenberg MP, State Member for Kallangur
I first met Michelle at a school information evening. I sat up the back that evening fighting hard to hold back my tears as my home life with my then 15 year old daughter was exactly what Michelle was describing. I plucked up enough courage to make an appointment with Michelle. My daughter did not want to go see “this lady” at all. I said to her, just give it a go (she had no option anyway). Now my daughter says, about different friends, “They need to go see Michelle Mitchell”! My daughter has come such a long way, she is a pleasure to be around once again and home life has settled down and back to normal, but most importantly her head and perspective is in such a better place now. She is really doing great!
Michelle is extremely compassionate and sympathetic towards your situation and is very approachable. Michelle has a wonderful sense of humour and a tremendous way of getting through to teens “using language” that they can understand. She has a real talent putting teens at ease and getting them to open up to her about their inner most secrets and worries. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Michelle Mitchell to anyone who has a tween/teen/parents who are going through some difficult times. Don’t feel embarrassed about seeking help, we have never looked back and are just so pleased with our daughters progress, she is just so much more confident within herself. There is light at the end of the tunnel 🙂
Deborah, Daughter aged 14
For many years Michelle has made a vital contribution to our Sexual Health Day at Grace Lutheran College. Our students have felt understood, respected and motivated to make better choices online and in real life through her warm, humorous and engaging manner. We very much value Michelle and her ability to communicate about such a sensitive subject in a way that hits the mark for even our most difficult of listeners.”
Dale Dearman – Student Counsellor, Grace Lutheran College
Michelle has delivered outstanding like skills programs in our school for five years, with excellent results. She has worked collaboratively with staff to ensure the best outcomes for our students. I commend her recent parenting book “What Teenage Girls Don’t Tell their Parents” for being a practical and insightful resource for parents.
Phil Heath, Guidance Office (Bracken Ridge SHS)
‘What Teenage Girls don’t Tell their Parents’ is a refreshingly thoughtful take on the teenage girl’s experience “straight from the horse’s mouth”. While at times humorous and at other times heart breaking, Michelle Mitchell details the open and transparent experiences of teenage girls as they relate with parents and peers, providing the reader with insight into the collective mind of the adolescent female.
Robi Sonderegger, Ph.D. Humanitarian Activist & Clinical Psychologist
Contact Youth Excel for more information on Michelle’s Mentoring Services
07 3482 3466 or firstname.lastname@example.org.