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Wil Massara

21-Year-Old Social Entrepreneur & Changemaker, Founder of Youth Leadership Academy Australia

From an early age, Wil's entrepreneurial spirit burned brightly, igniting his first business venture at the tender age of 11. His visionary aviation website aimed to alleviate the stress of air travel, captivating audiences not only in his hometown of Collie, Western Australia but also on an international scale through the power of social media.

Since the age of 13, Wil's unwavering determination led him to assume leadership positions within his community, championing the cause of young individuals at grassroots and national levels. A vocal advocate and influential voice, he fearlessly stepped forward to represent and empower his generation.

In February 2018, at the age of 15, Wil ushered in a new era by founding the Youth Leadership Academy Australia (YLAA). With a mission to educate, equip, and empower young people, Wil propelled YLAA to unprecedented heights, expanding its reach nationwide. Through hosting impactful events, facilitating transformative school programs, and spearheading community engagement initiatives, Wil and his team have revolutionized youth leadership in Australia. YLAA has blossomed into the largest youth-led leadership provider, positively impacting the lives of over 30,000 young individuals and earning the trust of more than 1000 schools nationwide. Notably, in 2023, Wil transitioned YLAA into a social enterprise, with 100% of profits dedicated to funding youth suicide prevention programs, showcasing his unwavering commitment to making a profound societal impact.

Renowned as a sought-after consultant for local and state governments, as well as prominent organizations, Wil's expertise in designing, developing, and delivering youth engagement strategies has elevated the voices of young people, granting them a platform to be heard and valued.

While Wil's influence reverberates throughout Australia, he has also been honored with the privilege of delivering keynote addresses both in North America and virtually across Europe, sparking meaningful conversations that transcend borders.

Against all odds and having not completed year 12, Wil, now a determined 21-year-old, and has recently completed his Masters in Business Administration (MBA). His relentless pursuit of knowledge and personal growth stands as a testament to his resilience and unwavering commitment to entrepreneurial excellence.