Vanessa Gatman
You Are - Operations Team

You Are was founded in October 2012 and established as The You Are Charitable Trust in 2014.

At the center of the You Are vision is the belief that God sees amazing potential in each one of us. His word (the Bible) says that each one of us is created for a purpose, that we are loved, that we are important and that we are precious. Our vision is to see girls redefine how they see themselves and to help them discover their unique beauty on both the inside and outside. We want to help them find confidence and to teach them keys and strategies to help find the better version of themselves.

Conferences include workshops that will help the girls to be equipped and empowered to navigate their way through insecurities, friendships, the 'social media' world, challenges and help them to identify their strengths. The girls will hear stories from young women who will share ways in which they have overcome challenges and found their confidence, purpose, and fun. The conference includes lots of fun stuff to give the girls opportunities to relax, talk and meet new friends. The girls will work with mentors who will encourage them, challenge them and remind them of their potential.

The Founder of The You Are Charitable Trust

Vanessa is a mum of three children aged between 15 and 20 years. She has been teaching for 20yrs and in that time worked both in primary and the tertiary school setting with a passion for health and physical education. In 2002 she completed her masters degree in Education (Health and Physical Education) and as part of her studies focused on the influence of the media on women's bodies. Vanessa currently teaches middle school students (Year 7-9), develops educational resources and is releasing a book for mums of teenage girls in 2018. Community work is her passion and seeing young women feel confident in who they are despite how the media is trying to influence them through unrealistic stereotypes of what they should look like or how they should behave.

Vanessa is joined by an operations team of like-minded women and professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to see You Are grow and have an impact in the community.