Jahin Tanvir

Policy adviser and multicultural youth advocate

2022 ACT Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Buoyed by his experiences as a first-generation migrant facing racism and discrimination, Jahin Tanvir has become a leading advocate for young people across Australia’s multicultural communities.

Jahin has worked with organisations such as Oaktree, the Australian Red Cross, World Vision, headspace Canberra, and the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. These efforts have seen him receive the 2021 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award for Individual Community Service, as well as recognition in the 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards for Community Service.

Vocal about the importance of mental health, Jahin regularly visits high schools to offer support to students who might be struggling with stress and anxiety due to the pandemic. He’s also represented Australia on the global stage, as a guest speaker at the Australasian Aid Conference and the National Youth Commission Summit.

On top of his advocacy for young people, Jahin is studying optometry at the University of Canberra. He complements this by volunteering with the Canberra Blind Society.