17 YEAR OLD SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR
CEO AND FOUNDER
In February 2018 – at the age of just 15 - Wil launched the Youth Leadership Academy Australia (YLAA) with the mission of empowering future leaders. Led by youth for youth, YLAA’s first event – a one day Western Australia (WA) Youth Leadership Conference – was held in Perth on 28 August 2018. The event attracted 82 students, who voted it an overwhelming success in developing their leadership confidence. As well as facilitating important youth conversations here in WA, Wil has been privileged enough to speak at an international level. In June 2018 Wil was invited to speak at the Alakai’I Youth Leadership Academy conference held in Maui, Hawaii.
Since the age of 13, Wil has demonstrated a willingness to step forward and take on leadership roles within his own community, including his school’s Student Executive and the Shire of Collie Youth Advisory Committee.
In 2016, Wil took his leadership skills outside his own community and volunteered to obtain grant funding for the Magic Moments Foundation. This led to the Australian Youth Committee hosting an international event at Sydney with over 300 participants from 10 different countries. Wil continues to be a Leader at the annual Magic Moments Youth Leadership and Business Summit. Wil has been recognised for his work, by being one of four finalists in the WA Youth Awards in Community Leadership for two consecutive years. In early 2018, Wil was awarded 2018 International Young Philanthropist and was also a semi finalist in the 2020 WA Young Achiever Awards.
Wil has now taken Youth Leadership Academy Australia nationwide hosting and facilitating events, school programs and community engagement initiatives positively impacting over 2000 students, from 125 schools, in 5 states.