Young Leaders Program

We know that young people will steer the future of Canada and the world. But we also know that they are under-served, overburdened by debt, and challenged by a precarious market.Young people with vision loss are particularly vulnerable, and are often expected to meet the same challenges as people the same age who are fully sighted, often with little in the way of support or guidance.
That is why the Foundation Fighting Blindness launched the National Young Leaders program in 2015. The goal of the program is to engage young people aged 17-30 across Canada who are living with vision loss, and to work with them to co-create a unique leadership training program that empowers like-minded individuals to initiative positive change in their communities.
To do this, the program helps participants develop career skills, cultivate independence, and build thriving networks. They then bring their knowledge and experience into their local communities to expand the reach of the Young Leaders initiative.
The program is oriented around an annual, in-person Summit held in Toronto. You can read more about the 2018 Young Leaders Summit, which took place on March 9 and 10, by clicking HERE.
Stay tuned for information on our 2019 Young Leaders Summit. And if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Chad Andrews at:

What our Young Leaders are saying:

Lauren Wu

“I want to empower other blind and partially sighted youth to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.”
Lauren Wu, Young Leaders participant




Jack McCormick

“By coming together we can work to find ways to eliminate some of the common barriers in our lives.”
Jack McCormick, Co-chair of Young Leaders 2018




Shaini Saravanamuthu

“We all have something unique to bring to the group, which helps us come up with many different ideas as to how we would change the future, based on our experiences and struggles.”
Shaini Saravanamuthu, Co-hair of Young Leaders 2018



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