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Victorian 2021 Young Australian of the Year nominees

Nathaniel Diong, an inspiring entrepreneur, and Gen Z educator who is helping us be the change they want to see in the world.

Through his organisation future minds network, Nathaniel has helped more than 11,000 young people to create positive change through start-ups, while practising enterprise skills they need to thrive in the future workforce.

In 2020, Nathanial ran over $90,000 worth of pro bono programmes to support young people during COVID-19. Nathaniel also mentors early stage start-ups across three continents sits on eight not-for-profit boards and has raised $15,000 for charity.

Tayla Harris, a champion athlete who is making her mark on the playing field and beyond.

As a footballer in the AFLW, Tayla was Carlton football clubs leading goal kicker in 2019, in boxing she holds the Australian super welterweight title and is undefeated in eight professional fights.

In 2019, a photograph of Tayla kicking a goal became the target of sexualized trolling online.

She courageously used this experience to fight online bullying and disrespect towards women, Tayla now advocates for gender equality and respectful relationships.

Keeley Johnson, who created the charity Keeley’s Cause at just 13 years old.

Keeley's autism and learning disability meant she struggled to learn using paper based methods, but was able to learn using an iPad.

With her mom, she provided iPads loaded with tailored education plans to children with autism or an intellectual disability.

In just two years, Keeley has raised more than $70,000 through donations and sponsorship merchandise sales and sausage sizzles.

Dylan Langley, an out-of-home care advocate who is seeking to raise the age limit for residential facilities.

After leaving the out-of-home care system at age 18. Dylan had nowhere to go.

He experienced homelessness and a mental health breakdown.

Now working with the home stretch campaign. Dillon advocates for systemic change that would allow vulnerable young adults to continue in out of home care, until they turn 21.

Reviewed 24 February 2021