Head of Programs
"IT'S NOT WHO I AM UNDERNEATH, BUT WHAT I DO THAT DEFINES ME." - BRUCE WAYNE
Archie’s three ingredients are passion, open-mindedness and sass. He has two heroes in life: Beyoncé and Batman, and he won’t be satisfied until he has become the perfect combination of the two.
Archie is extremely passionate about issues of social justice, particularly those regarding (trans*)gender and sexuality. His passion for working in this field spawned in high school after constantly feeling like the odd one out and consequently starting a support group called SOFA (Same-sex attracted, Other, and Friends of Alliance) with one of his friends. This group took off within the school and wider community and received national recognition as one of the first of its kind in Australian schools. As a pioneer of the group, Archie was approached by a number of national media outlets to speak about the importance of providing support to young diverse people and has spoken at numerous public rallies in Melbourne as a youth representative of the LGBTIQA+ community. In 2010, Archie received the Youth Achievement Award from the ALSO Foundation at their Annual Award Ceremony in recognition for his hard work and achievements with SOFA. Now, as a Lead Presenter for PROJECT ROCKIT, Archie wants to achieve similar feats in all schools around Australia by creating safe spaces in which all students can feel comfortable and empowered to be themselves, regardless of how they identify.
Archie has a Bachelor of Arts and when he’s not at PROJECT ROCKIT you’ll find him running workshops on bugs, dinosaurs and indigenous history at the Melbourne Museum.
Likes: Horror movies, trashy pop music, salt and vinegar chips, dancing in the kitchen, fresh white socks, spending hours clicking from one YouTube video to the next.
Dislikes: Close-mindedness, alarm clocks, the feeling of guilt after watching too much reality TV, not owning a miniature sausage dog called Taco :’(
Pets: Smaug the (stuffed) grumpy cat.