The purpose of the project is to equip young people to develop a healthy self-esteem, mental and emotional wellbeing. We do this by helping young people to develop a growth mindset, creating helpful thinking patterns and enabling the young person to start to understand their potential, realising future aspirations and set goals for the future.
Although lowself-esteem is not categorized as a mental health condition in itself, thereare clear links between the way we feel about ourselves and our overall mentaland emotional wellbeing.
A U.K. based charitycalled ‘Teenage Minds’ defines self-esteem as “how a person feels aboutthemselves and what they do.”
A person with highself-esteem believes they are a good person; they can recognize their goodqualities and will generally strive for a happy and successful life. Someonewith low self-esteem has negative feelings about themselves, believing thatthey are not worthy of love, happiness or success. With research linkinglow self-esteem to mental health issues and poor quality of life, this is a potentiallydangerous way to live.
This is why the Flourish project has been developed to see self-esteem issues tackled and bringabout personal change, improving society through placing people of light in thedark places to reach young minds and to see young people’s life’s changed sothat they are not being a slave to their culture and their mental wellbeing.
We started the project in October 2016 with 3 separate pilot groups in 2 different junior schools, to identify and understand the needs.
Below are some further statistics highlighting the needs nationally:
Since ourinception in January 2017, Flourish has worked with over 150 young people in 5different schools in the UK and 62 teenagers in Kibera, Kenya.
We have seen anaverage increase in the following areas:
· 33% increase in self-esteem.
· 19% improvement in mental wellbeing.
· 16% improvement in happiness.
These statisticsare the current average across all the programs completed to date. Theinformation was captured using recognised evaluation tools, which measure ayoung persons self-esteem, mental wellbeing and happiness at the start and endof a program. The results reveal that the Flourish program is making adifference in the lives of the young people! Please don’t just take our wordfor it – page 4 will allow you to see just what the young people think about Flourish.
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