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What young people say about the programme.


“I’ve had a lot of adversity in my 24 years of life – two kids at age 17; unhealthy and abusive upbringing; and for me to come out on the other side taking the right path is such an accomplishment. I never really knew what potential I had. I’ve always been one to doubt myself. Even when others seen that 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 Moana-Johnson, Palmerston North


“Future Leaders equips you to become a great leader, with a focus on helping our local people. The most significant change for me personally was the new connections with people from all of Aotearoa, feeling more hopeful about the future, and learning how to go beyond my own limits. It was awesome to be able to work with you all. Ngā mihi nui kia koutou ngā kaiwhakahaere. Aroha nui.”
Te Riini McLean, Kawerau


“Confidence is something I’ve struggled with throughout my life due to my disability. Meeting all the wonderful like minded people, sharing ideas and passions with one another and speaking at Festival for the Future has given me the confidence boost I needed. The most significant change is that I have more confidence in with myself.”
Aroha Lawrence, Kaikohe


“The future leaders programme is awesome and changing our communities for the better. It gives those of us who financially couldn’t otherwise afford to access these experiences. You get exposed to a whole new vibrant world. You learn about sustainability, problem solving, entrepreneurship. You build strong, life long friendships. The opportunities it provides are life changing.”
Talei Bryant, Whakatāne


“The biggest impact I’ve gotten from the Future Leaders programme has been forming connections and relationships with people and seeing that other people can have a passion stirred up inside them so much that they can go out and use it to do exactly what they envision.”

Liam Douglas, Greymouth