Founder of Youth Excel
Author and Speaker
Michelle is a registered teacher and the founder of Youth Excel, a charity dedicated to helping young people make positive life choices during difficult times. Her passion for people in need, combined with her lifelong interest in life skills education has led her to pioneer this work which is now recognised throughout Australia.
Michelle’s parenting book “What Teenage Girls Don’t Tell their Parents” has been highly acclaimed by The Today Show, Channel Ten Morning News, Women’s Weekly, The Courier Mail and ABC radio. Michelle speaks on a broad range of topics to both educational, church and community groups each year. Youth Excel’s work is constantly expanding with the intention of impacting more people and investing into more lives. Michelle is married to husband Doc Mitchell and has two teenage children. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.
MORE ABOUT MICHELLE
What are 3 words that best describe me?
Passionate – About – Everything
What would be impossible for you to give up?
Creating. I love to see things which didn’t exist (except for in my little mind) appear in the real world. If I don’t create I get a little edgy.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Don’t wait for everything to be perfect. Just get on with it. I have realised that if I over think things, I miss the moment.
What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t at work?
We are on the water a lot as a family. Sometimes I feel like we surf, canoe, swim, boat and then repeat it all over again. I also like cooking and just being at home with the kids. I know this sounds weird but I actually love grocery shopping! It is one of my all-time favourite things!!
What motivates you to work with young people?
I became a teacher because I wanted to make a difference in the next generation. I somehow wanted to change the future by impacting a few. I’ve been doing this for 15 years now and I can honestly say I feel like I have seen the impact investing into others can make. It’s really nice to have clients contact me 15 years on to thank me or let me know how they are going. It’s nice they even remember me!
If you weren’t working with youth what would you do?
I would have been an interior designer. I really get into fabric, colour, art and furniture. The whole creative process really energises me. If I ever win the lottery I will redecorate my house every year…. not joking. But first I will buy a much bigger house.