Dedicated to changing the lives of inner-city youth through snow sports, UK charity Snow-Camp has been providing innovative youth development programs in London since 2003. The organization recently announced the launch of its newest program, Uplift, which was created to help young people suffering from poor self-esteem and self-defeating beliefs. The mental health program will contain several workshops and one-on-one support sessions focused on teaching young people invaluable coping mechanisms against toxic relationships, addiction and social conditioning.
Uplift was launched in light of Snow-Camp’s own research that found that 83% of the youth they worked with last year felt that they needed more mental health support. The program name was chosen by the charity’s youth volunteers as clever wordplay relating to both skiing and mental well-being. Snow-Camp’s youth volunteers will be testing Uplift over the next few weeks in the organization’s hopes of running it alongside its core snow sports programs next year. The mental health program will be funded by George Bairstow Charitable Trust, which aims to support young people who have a passion for helping those in need.
Why We Like It:
According to the Mental Health Foundation, 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14 and 75% by age 24. Snow-Camp’s Uplift program intervenes with the possible development of mental health issues by promoting self-confidence and positivity among inner-city youth. With many of Snow-Camp’s young people living in areas with high levels of deprivation, the organization is aware that many have unfortunately faced a number of significant traumas in their young lives, including gang violence.
Additionally, we appreciate Snow-Camp’s action in response to learning that a majority of the youth it works with needed more mental health support. The charity listened to the needs of the youth it serves and created a program to cater to those needs.
How It Can Be Improved:
Inviting professional and collegiate snow-sport athletes to speak at Uplift workshops can give the youth an opportunity to hear about how they cope with stress and negativity to persevere towards success. The youth would have a chance to hear stories of similar situations these athletes may have experienced in the past while learning tips on how to take care of one’s mental health and succeed in their respective sports as well.
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