Jonathan Oliverio

Chief Executive Officer

Jonathan Oliverio BA (Hons), Assoc CIPD, Dip CMI  

Job Description: Jonathan is one of the founders of Youth Genesis, driving the vision to bring sustainable and effective youth services for all young people. Jonathan’s role involves working with the Board of Directors to design and implement strategy as well as working behind the scenes to develop new partnerships, generate new business and secure funding to ensure the sustainability and growth of services for the benefit of young people.

With a background in rural community development and targeted work with young people at risk, Jonathan is passionate about working with communities at the grassroots level to grow life changing opportunities for disadvantaged young people. Jonathan believes that the solutions to most social dilemmas lie within the community – through processes of co-design and using strength-based methodologies, communities can self-identify local assets that can effect positive social change.

Michelle Taylor

Operations and Designated Safeguarding Lead

Michelle Taylor JP Dip CMI

Michelle oversees the Youth Genesis activities and projects in the South Hams and North Devon areas, working to support volunteers and staff to deliver the sessions. Michelle’s role includes project development and providing volunteer recruitment and volunteer training.

Michelle is the Safeguarding Lead for Youth Genesis and provides Safeguarding support and updates in legislation and policy implementation. Michelle feels that early intervention is important for young people as they grow and develop, as is informal learning. Being a Restorative Practitioner and involved in the Youth Justice Board, Michelle is passionate about working with youth offenders.

Steve Leech

Ratio Project Co-Ordinator

Steve joined Youth Genesis in September 2019 to co-ordinate and promote the Ratio project. 

Steve also supports volunteer recruitment and delivers focused volunteer training and supervision for the RATIO team.  Steve is a person-centred practitioner who has been working with families and young people in Torbay for many years.  Steve is passionate that volunteers from the local community are the best source of support for local young people.

Zoe Elsdon

Youth Operations Lead

Zoe has just completed her DipHE in Applied Theology specialising in Missional Youth Work, with Moorlands College and South West Youth Work.  Zoe has worked alongside children and young people for the past 10 years in different settings, including schools, churches, uniformed groups and more recently working with those with learning disabilities and mental health issues.

Zoe oversees the activities and projects that Youth Genesis Trust runs in Torbay and East Devon, supporting staff and volunteers to deliver sessions.