Haere Mai. Welcome to Future Leaders!

The Future Leaders programme backs young people in rural and provincial New Zealand to explore big issues that affect our future, build their entrepreneurship and leadership skills, and their ideas to make a difference.



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Programme locations in 2018.


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A glimpse of the programme.

The programme is part-time, designed for young people aged 17–25. You’ll meet amazing people, attend the national event Festival for the Future. You’ll get access to coaching and mentoring, workshops, and work as a team to develop a project to make a difference in your community.

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Featured Blogposts.



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.