2019 Youth Leader Training Weekend

Our popular Youth Leader Training Weekend is back! This program is offered to youth who are blind or partially-sighted between 13 and 19 years of age, from across BC. The program is intended 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 expected to participate in Blind Beginnings’ Youth Leadership program for the full year, as well as 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 12 at 9:30am and will conclude on Sunday, April 14 at 3:00pm. Transportation will be arranged for participants who live outside of the Lower Mainland.

The workshop location is TBD, but likely in New Westminster either at the Blind Beginnings Office (227 6th Street, New Westminster) or another nearby location. Meals will be provided at nearby restaurants, and all participants will be staying at the Holiday Inn Metrotown, 4405 Central Boulevard, Burnaby. 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 20, 2019. 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.

To Register, click the link below:
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