Be part of New Zealand's Future Leaders programme.

The Future Leaders programme is changing lives for a diverse range of young people in rural and provincial New Zealand. Are you aged 16–25? Do you want to be inspired, build your connections and skills for the future? Apply now.



How does the Future Leaders programme work?

The programme is part-time, designed for young people aged 16–25. You’ll meet amazing people, and attend the national event Festival for the Future. You’ll get access to coaching and mentoring, workshops to help you develop ideas and skills for the future, and make a difference in your community. Below is an overview of 2019. Learn more about how it works >>


Where is the Future Leaders programme happening?



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What young people say about the Future Leaders programme.

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“I never really knew what potential I had. I’ve always been one to doubt myself. Even when others seen potential, I just never could. My eyes have opened so much this year. My mindset has shifted to a much better place and I am so grateful for this programme.”
Gayle, Palmerston North

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“Future Leaders equips you to become a great leader, with a focus on helping our local people. The biggest changes for me were connecting with people across Aotearoa, feeling more hopeful about the future, and learning how to go beyond my own limits.”
Te Riini, Kawerau

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“I’ve changed my perception of myself. I’m more confident in my leadership skills, and now find myself applying for the jobs that I wouldn’t usually because I didn’t think that I was good enough. I can now recognise my worth and what I can bring to the table.”
Eden, Ōpōtiki

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The biggest change for me was having my eyes opened to the opportunities for rangatahi to have our voices heard within government, to have our say and make a difference for our community and nation. And all of the out of the box thinking!
Micah, Whakatāne


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Who's behind it?

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At Inspiring Stories, we’re backing young New Zealanders to change the world. We’re the organisation behind the remarkable national event Festival for the Future, the Future Leaders programme, and the speaker bureau representing NZ's top young talent – Inspiring Speakers.

More than 8,000 people have taken part in our programmes. Our alumni have been shortlisted for and won the Young New Zealander of the Year Award, received Young Leader Awards from the Queen, and represented our nation on the world stage. We’re just getting started.