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Yanti was recently honored as one of Australia Unlimited’s 19 Future Chasers! Check out what they have to say about a new gernation of change makers and Yanti’s work:

Recent work by the Foundation of Young Australians (FYA) paints a very bright outlook in the hands of ’Gen Y’.

Jan Owen, CEO of FYA and recipient of the Order of Australia for services to children and young people, names their shared traits as optimism, determination and social and environmental awareness.

“These are people with absolute sense of purpose going after things they want to see changed in the world, and having this unwavering belief that their generation can do it,” she says.

Inspired by Owen’s work, Australia Unlimited is thrilled to profile the following 19 future leaders and decision-makers of courage, imagination and will.

Founder and executive director, LearnToLive Global

Louisiana’s 100 Great Nurses, 2012


Yanti Turang is the eternal optimist. However it was only after surviving Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans that she decided to radically alter the course of her life to help others help themselves. Born to an Australian mother and Indonesian father, Yanti, the lead singer of indie band Mahayla and an anthropology/ sociology graduate, returned to Australia to complete a Bachelor of Nursing from La Trobe University. A visit to her father’s homeland was the catalyst to found LearnToLive. Today her New Orleans-based humanitarian organisation is supporting and joining communities worldwide to improve their quality of life through healthcare, education, and access to clean water. Yanti continues to be a tireless campaigner for social health most recently founding a program enabling La Trobe nursing students to work in Indonesia. This program not only allows its participants to gain crucial practical training, it offers support for communities in need.

Australian experiences, global impact. This story is one of a series profiling young Australians, or young people with an Australian education, identified as future leaders and decision-makers of courage, imagination and will. Meet our 19 Future Chasers and read their inspiring stories.