2018 Youth Leadership Training Weekend

Photo from the 2017 Youth Leadership Weekend where some youth and some teachers of the visually impaired are sitting on a brick wall before getting a demonstration on dragon boating.

This exciting program is offered to youth who are blind or partially-sighted between 13 and 19 years of age, from across BC. The program is for youth to develop transferable employment skills including; public speaking, communication, mentoring, active listening and empathy, organization and time management, team building and leadership. Once trained, Youth Leaders will be ready to volunteer in several capacities including;

  • Being a mentor and resource to younger children who are blind or parents raising a blind child
  • Providing awareness presentations in their communities
  • Assisting in the planning of fundraisers and special events

The objective of this program is to provide youth with transferable skills and volunteer experience that will assist them in their future employment pursuits.

About the program:

The Youth Leadership Training Weekend is a 3-day training workshop held in New Westminster. The training workshop will begin on Friday, April 20 at 9:30 am and will conclude on Sunday, April 22 at 3:00 pm. Transportation will be arranged for participants who live outside of the Lower Mainland.

The workshop will take place at the Community Living Society building – 7th floor – 713 Columbia Street, New Westminster, BC. Meals will be provided at nearby restaurants, and all participants will be staying at the Inn At The Quay – 900 Quayside Drive, New Westminster, BC. Adult chaperones will be present both during the days and nights.


Each workshop participant must be a member of Blind Beginnings in order to register and attend the workshop. The annual cost for membership is $10 for an individual or $25 for the blind or partially sighted child plus immediate family (parents and siblings).  New members are always welcome. You can become a member through our website.

To register for this exciting new program, please complete our online registration form no later than Friday, March 16, 2018. Space is limited and first priority will be given to youth who have not previously participated in a Youth Leadership training weekend. There is no cost to participation. Online registration form.

Upon receipt of your registration information, you will receive more details about the Youth Leadership Training Workshop including transportation information and what each participant needs to bring.

If you have any questions or concerns about this program, please contact Shawn Marsolais at: 604-434-7243 or toll free at: 1-866-736-8620 or email shawn@blindbeginnings.ca