At just 15-years-old, teenager Heidi is on the fast track to becoming a leader in her community thanks to assistance from Local Area Coordination Eastern Bay of Plenty.
This year, she became a member of the Youth Council after completing the nomination process with the help of her LAC and whānau. Heidi is also part of the Future Leaders programme.
She says that being a part of the organisations has helped her to make new friends and develop her social skills, which has been one of her biggest goals.
One of the recent highlights for Heidi has been attending a youth conference in Wellington, and also being asked to speak at the InSpire: For Youth By Youth event that was held in October.
She put a lot of hard work into writing her speech with support from her friends, family, and LAC Jeanette.
“I wanted to make it funny but also send a clear message about people with disabilities and the importance of accessibility,” Heidi said.
Outside of school and her leadership work, Heidi loves being an older sister, and listening to music – especially her favourite New Zealand pop artist Stan Walker.
Jeremy and Justina’s story
With encouragement from their LACs, Jeremy and Justina have taken up new opportunities in business and volunteer work.