Earlier this month 10 Blind Foundation youth clients came together for the annual Youth SEED programme, this year held in Christchurch.

The programme focuses on leadership and personal growth, with a key goal for clients to achieve Success, Empowerment, Expertise and Development (SEED).

Mana was established from the beginning with a welcome Mihi (Maori introduction).

What followed was a comprehensive three-day programme including a variety of leadership development workshops, personality profiles, teamwork exercises and self-awareness sessions.

The weekend’s learning was reinforced with some fantastic outdoor activities. The rain and cold didn’t stop participants facing their fears by soaring down a flying fox and dropping down a giant swing.

As part of the weekend, participants were asked to plan and implement a community project of choice. They came up with some great ideas; from volunteering as mentors, to running a sports camp, and participating in the development of Blind Foundation’s Youth Council.

Armed with a new sense of self-awareness and support, this group of young leaders are ready to take on new challenges.

If you would like more information about future Youth SEED programmes, please contact Heather McGill on 03 375 4327 or email hmcgill@blindfoundation.org.nz.