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Young Leaders Mentorship Program

Deadline to apply for the 2021 Membership Program is March 18, 2021

Since 2015, Fighting Blindness Canada’s (FBC) Young Leaders Program has provided a supportive environment for Canadian youth living with vision loss to come together and develop their employment, leadership, and advocacy skills.

In 2021, we are introducing a new Mentorship Program as part of FBC’s Young Leaders Program. The Mentorship Program will allow further exploration of these topics with a community volunteer (mentor) who is established in their career and is living with vision loss.

Mentees joining the Mentorship Program will focus on building career goals and steps needed to achieve them.

Benefits to mentorship include:

  • Career planning
  • Networking
  • Getting support in coping with unique challenges people living with vison loss may experience in the workforce
  • Development of new skills such as public speaking, leadership, and advocacy

Program Details

This new Mentorship Program is designed to connect Young Leaders living with vision loss with mentors who will offer support and encouragement in sessions over an 8-month term. The sessions will be designed to help mentees develop their skills, improve confidence, and learn from their mentor’s experiences.

This year all sessions will take place virtually over Zoom.

The mentor-mentees will meet one-on-one for a minimum of four 1-hour Zoom sessions, scheduled between May – October 2021, at times convenient to both mentee and mentor. FBC’s Young Leaders Program will provide discussion guides for the sessions and will work with participants to ensure that their goals are being met.

In addition, the entire cohort of mentees will meet for a program introduction session on April 2021, and a wrap-up party in November 2021.

Eligibility Requirements

To participate in FBC’s Young Leaders Mentorship Program, you must:

  • Be between 18-30 years old
  • Be living in Canada
  • Be living with vision loss
  • Have access to a computer and internet connection
  • Be able to attend six 1–hour session over Zoom, from April – November 2021
  • Submit a completed application by March 18, 2021

In 2021, Young Leaders will be accepting up to 5 mentor-mentee pairs into the program.

APPLY To be a Mentee

To apply to be a mentee, please download and complete the Mentee Membership Program Form. Deadline to apply is March 18, 2021.

Please email your completed form to education@fightingblindness.ca

Become a Mentor

If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor, please email education@fightingblindness.ca


Questions about the Mentorship Program or need assistance filling out the application? Please email us at education@fightingblindness.ca

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