Maria is undergoing the Master of Social Policy at the University of Melbourne and is a graduate from the Bachelor of Youth Work at Victoria University. She became involved with IYC as a youth reference group member and became inspired to further help the organisation via her studies to be a youth worker and later a social policy advisor and researcher.

Maria has authored with developing program concept plans for IYC regarding to boost the social capital of disadvantaged young people. She also has a keen interest in exploring the possibilities of young people living, studying, and participating in the northern peri-urban suburbs of Melbourne for IYC.

Maria also has been involved with other youth-based organisations such as Future Foundations, St. Joseph’s Learning Flexible Learning Centre, Young Workers Centre, and Young Campaigns. Her acquired hands-on knowledge and energy to IYC comes from the intensive experience with advocating, facilitating, and mentoring for young people in those organisations.