Young leader to share skills

Collie's Wil Massara founded the Youth Leadership Academy Australia to help youth develop their leadership skills. Photo: supplied
Collie's Wil Massara founded the Youth Leadership Academy Australia to help youth develop their leadership skills. Photo: supplied

Collie’s Wil Massara is sharing his leadership experience and knowledge through the foundation of the Youth Leadership Academy Australia.

The 15-year-old founded the academy earlier this year with the aim of helping youth gather the skills they need to become leaders in the future.

Wil, who was a finalist for the Community Leadership Award at the 2017 WA Youth Awards, said he didn’t feel schools were adequately preparing students to become leaders in the future.

“Schools are good at preparing students to become nine-to-five workers, but they aren’t good at making leaders,” he said.

“[With the Youth Leadership Academy Australia,] I’m hoping to inspire more youth to become leaders and create a ripple effect.”

Wil said the organisation would host discussions and public events, with the first event being the WA Youth Leadership Conference on August 28.

He said the first event would see talks from health and business coach Anna Richards, along with a range of other guest speakers.

In addition to sharing his skills, Wil is also hoping to continue developing his own.

Wil was recently announced as the winner of the 2018 Young Philanthropist Scholarship from Regan Hillyer International.

The scholarship includes approximately $500,000 worth of private coaching and mentoring.