When life’s a daily struggle there are few reasons to believe the future will be any different. That’s why many young people are growing up with low self-esteem and little aspiration.
But we know that young people in places like Oxford’s Barton, Leys and South Abingdon estates have great potential.
Experience shows us that when a young person gets help to unlock that potential, their life starts to change – and so does their community.
Community-transforming change takes time. That’s why Thrive Teams members move to live on the estates we serve, where we:
- Identify and build relationships of trust with young people through activities in the community. These include street and school-based youth work, sports sessions and open access clubs. That’s how we find those with leadership potential.
- Equip young people through mentoring to increase their skills, confidence and resilience. In group and 1:1 settings, our team of experienced youth workers and trained volunteers help young people to recognise and reach their full potential.
- Develop young people’s leadership skills through our Young Leaders programme. Through a combination of coaching and weekly training sessions we empower young people to catalyse change in their own lives and across their community.