Are you aged 17–25? Want to connect with young innovators from across New Zealand, build your entrepreneurship and leadership skills, and make a difference in your backyard? Have we got the opportunity for you!

Apply to take part in the 2018 programme.

Whilst applications for the more intensive 'Catalyst' tier of the programme have now closed, we are still accepting applications for the broader Future Leaders programme. Spots are limited. Get in quick!

What do young people say about the programme?


Where is the programme running in 2018?


A quick glimpse of the programme.

Future Leaders is a part-time programme that helps you supercharge your capability through coaching and mentoring, project development, workshops, and attending Festival for the Future. Below is a glimpse.



How can you get involved?

Applications are open for young people aged 17–25, who live in rural and provincial New Zealand. In 2018, the Future Leaders programme is running in eight communities – Opotiki, Kawerau, Whakatane, Far North, Whangarei, Palmerston North, Kapiti and Greymouth. If you live in one of these communities, you should apply!!

The programme is part-time and runs March–November. There are two different tiers that you can apply for, depending on how much you want to learn and grow, and how much time you have to commit. 

  • Tier 1: Future Leaders (25–50 places per community)
    - for those who want to build their skills and capability, get involved in local project(s), but have less time available
    - participate in workshops, local hui & local showcase
    - covered to join national hui 3 / Festival for the Future
    - equivalent of receiving a $1,000 scholarship
    - time commitment: 3-5 hours per month, April–November
  • Tier 2: Future Leaders Catalyst (4 places per community)
    - for those who want to supercharge their skills and confidence, and connect with a network of young innovators nationwide
    - as a Catalyst you get to participate in the full programme, including access to coaching mentoring, meeting with your local Mayor, attending three national hui including Festival for the Future, and taking a leadership role in your community
    - the equivalent of receiving a $4,000–$5,000 scholarship
    - time commitment: 2–5 hours per week, from March–November

When you apply, you can select either one or both of the above options depending on your level of ambition and time commitment.

    What will you get out of it?

    As you'll hear from past participants – the Future Leaders programme can be a life changing experience. Our alumni have gone on to significantly improve their capability and confidence, be better prepared for the future, explore meaningful career opportunities, and do good things for their communities. Some of our alumni have even gone on to win awards and have their story shared nationwide.

    Key benefits for everyone accepted onto the programme

    • Connect with a community of peers, mentors and professionals.
    • A better understanding of some of the big socio-economic issues that affect our future, and the future of your community.
    • Access to workshops that will help you to build your skills in entrepreneurship, leadership, creative problem solving, team work, communication and storytelling, and more. 
    • The chance to attend Festival for the Future (August).
    • The opportunity to work as a team(s) to develop and implement a project to make a difference in your backyard, learning what it takes to bring new ideas to life, learn about social enterprise business models, and design-thinking.
    • You'll be challenged, inspired, and will likely become more ambitious, more resilient, and more optimistic about the future.
    • Explore flow-on pathways post programme, such as employment, entrepreneurship and leadership.

    Additional benefits if you are accepted as a Catalyst

    • Regular 1-on-1 coaching and mentoring every month
    • Meet with your local Mayor every 2nd month for mentoring
    • Costs covered for two additional national hui, and stronger connections to a national network of young innovators
    • Equivalent of receiving a $4,000–$5,000 scholarship

    Apply to take part in the 2018 programme.

    Any Questions?

    Please contact our national Programme Manager, Carina Esguerra –


    Stories from Future Leaders

    Interested in being a mentor, coach or champion?

    If you're interested in helping out as a mentor or champion please complete this simple expression of interest. We're particularly interested in hearing from people who live in the communities participating in the 2018 programme, who might be willing to give time and/or resources to support young people on their journey.