Meet the
Founder

“I believe in educating our teens at a young age about who they are, how their minds work, what healthy relationships look like, how to make good choices when it comes to peer pressure around drugs, alcohol and smoking, how to stop the negative self-chatter, how to like what you see when you look in the mirror, making the decisions not to sext and so many other vital topics. Then, we will create a generation of smart, happy, powerful young individuals who in turn will contribute greatly to their local communities. This is why Beautiful Minds is my greatest passion.”

Marina Passalaris
Entrepreneur, Speaker, Presenter, Youth 
Educator & Author

“I believe in educating our teens at a young age about who they are, how their minds work, what healthy relationships look like, how to make good choices when it comes to peer pressure around drugs, alcohol and smoking, how to stop the negative self-chatter, how to like what you see when you look in the mirror, making the decisions not to sext and so many other vital topics. Then, we will create a generation of smart, happy, powerful young individuals who in turn will contribute greatly to their local communities. This is why Beautiful Minds is my greatest passion.”

Marina Passalaris
Entrepreneur, Speaker, Presenter, Teen Girl
Educator & Author

I am the world’s worst yogurt squeezer. I’ll tell you the story why.

Before I set up Beautiful Minds, a journey that gave my life meaning and has helped me to help millions of children Nationwide, I was working in a yogurt factory.

Let me set the scene for you. Seventeen years ago – I was juggling shifts at the stinky factory and a job at a modelling agency. The shifts were back-breaking. Throwing on a hair net at 3am and spending five hours squeezing yogurt into tubes by myself in an icy room, before quickly changing and scooting tired and sore to my agency work and finishing at five.

They were brutal days, but the down payment on the dream.

I’d had a vision of changing children’s lives and in particular focusing on mental health, which was criminally neglected at the time. It was one of those lightning bolts you read about in bad romance novels but it set my life ablaze. If I hung in long enough, I could save enough money to put on my first Beautiful Minds workshops for kids.

One day I went for it. No logo. No website. 

Our first workshop had four children in it. I was thrilled! My dream had come true.  

Word spread about the work we were doing. The phone didn’t stop. Straight away we were having an impact on a local community level and those were the happiest days I’ve known.

I still got up every day to go to the yogurt factory but my concentration started to wane and my squeezing skills were shot. My mind was elsewhere. I was focused on bigger things. I walked into the supervisor’s office one day, told him the yogurt life was not for me and hung up my hair net.

I decided at that point I would be relentless. I would show up every day. Create connections, create momentum and create awareness about teen mental health. Learn and get better.

It worked.

Since our humble beginnings, Beautiful Minds is now in 935 schools nationwide and we have deliver 270 workshops a year. Our workshops are designed by the leading authorities in mental health. We have strong partnerships with 20thCentury Fox, Nestle, Cottons and FUJIFILM.

We have had an unorthodox journey but have a passion for helping children that cannot be be defeated or undermined. I have seen the lights come on for teens and their lives change in the space of sometimes a single day.

The gift, truly, is in the giving.

 

Beautiful Minds tackles the tough topics, bringing them to light so our youth feel empowered, educated and supported throughout their often-challenging journey of being a teenager.

Today, Marina and her team of 85 expert educators, deliver workshops to thousands of Australian teens and adults each year. She has received both national and international press for the success of her business and the impact she has on the community. This year, Marina was interviewed by The Washington Post, selected as a world leader in the youth space.

This year, Beautiful Minds educated 1.5 million school students through their school diary content. The Beautiful Minds content has the approval of the Australian Education Department with content being gifted to 3.5 million parents through an online school diary.

As of 2019, Beautiful Minds will be available worldwide through our series of online programs and regular events hosted in Australia and the US.