Future Leaders works with young people in rural and provincial New Zealand to build their entrepreneurial and leadership capability, and make a difference in their backyard.


What is Future Leaders?

Future Leaders is a 9-month programme that connects young people from rural and provincial communities to better understand future challenges, to build their entrepreneurship and leadership skills, and work as a team to develop and implement a project to make a difference in their backyard. 
The programme has proven successful in helping young people to significantly increase their entrepreneurial and leadership capability, as well as their sense of ambition, optimism and resilience. 

Who is it for?

The programme works mostly with 17–25 year olds who live in their communities, are looking to build their network and skills, and have an interest in making a difference in their community.

The 2017 Future Leaders programme has been running in seven communities including the Far North, Whangarei, Palmerston North, Kawerau, Whakatane and Opotiki. We are looking to build on this in 2018.


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How can you get involved?

Keep an eye out for applications opening in early 2018!

If you are interested in coming on board next year – as a Future Leader, Coach, mentor or partnering Council – drop Carina, our Programme Manager, an email to register your interest: Carina@inspiringstories.org.nz

Key Dates

November 2017 – Programme draws to a close, evaluation & reporting.
November 2017 – All Councils & Communities for 2018 Confirmed.
February 2018 – Applications open for Coaches & Participants.
March–November – the 2018 Future Leaders Programme runs.



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