Being a young person in the UK today is not easy. But young people growing up in disadvantage face an even tougher challenge.
In many disadvantaged communities, money is tight, stress is high and opportunities hard to find.
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.
Thrive Teams is Innovista’s initiative for growing life-changing leadership in young people in hard-to-reach places in the UK.
For the last decade we’ve been helping young people across three Oxford estates to realise and release their God-given talent. To believe that their lives matter and they have a unique contribution to make.
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.