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Why we do what we do

The purpose of the project is to equip young people to develop a healthy self-esteem, mental and emotional wellbeingWe 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.

Our Reason Why

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. 

The Need

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:

  • Government statistics for the UK in 2017– revealed deterioration in the nation’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • 1 in 10 children are affected by mental health (10% of children and young people aged 5-16 years old have clinically diagnosable mental problems).
  • Child Line recorded a 9% increase in the number of children contacting them due to low-self esteem.
  • Other evidence suggests that children with low self-esteem are more likely to self-harm, have suicidal thoughts and to make bad life choices. Compared to young people that have a high self-esteem.
Our Outcomes

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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  • We loved working alongside these awesome boys! Each young person has such amazing potential and we want to help them realise it. 🙌
  • Yesterday myself and Ju finished our last session of Rooted. We were blown away when we arrived at the classroom to see that the whole class had written little notes to us! Feeling loved and loving the fact that what we have been teaching has had an effect on lives!
  • Dream BIG, have hope, give love and laugh lots 😂
  • Oh how I 💕 my job today I got to speak positive words over awesome young girls, speaking truth and life! What an awesome privilege☺️#amazing#flourish#tobetherealme
  • Last session today with these awesome young ladies! They have loved being on the program and we have absolutely loved working with them!
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