This year’s Youth SEED program will once again focus on young people stepping up into leadership. Including self-awareness associated with emotional intelligence, and will spotlight empathy, negotiation, public speaking, communication, work ethic, influencing people and relationships.

Who can attend?

The programme is open to clients who are between the ages of 17 and 25 who are interested in developing their leadership skills in their communities and would like to become involved in a community project.
You must be:

  • Be willing to take up opportunities to practically apply your learning.
  • You will need to be available to attend SEED Leadership sessions in Auckland for three full days and you will also need to be available to participate in a project following the SEED workshop.
  • Have good adaptive daily living and orientation and mobility skills.

What will you gain from the programme?

  • Practical skills to work effectively within, and for, your group or community.
  • Working collaboratively.
  • Influencing change.
  • Peer support.
  • Community leadership.
  • Giving and receiving feedback.
  • Effective problem solving.

These attributes align with the Blind Foundation vision of ‘enabling people who are blind or who have low vision to be self-reliant and live the life they choose.’

This will be a residential workshop and there will be a mixture of classroom and outdoor activities.

Participants in the programme will be expected to take part in developing a community project to reach other young people in the blind community. This will be an integral part of the programme and they will be supported by coaches.

When and where?

The three day programme will be run in Auckland from Monday 3 October to Wednesday 5 October.

Travel and accommodation subsidies are provided.

Interested? Know someone who is?

For further information and an application form please contact Heather McGill on 03 375 4327 or email or contact Latesha Sharp on 09 281 6503 or email

Applications close 22 August 2016.

NB: Contact Latesha Sharp for information between 23 July to 15 August.