The OSCAR International Young Leader programme aims to engage likeminded young people from around the world; empowering them with skills to become true Global Citizens and to work towards creating a better world for everyone.
the experience of being part of this programme will enrich lives, as well as
creating better opportunities for children growing up in some of the poorest
slum communities in Asia. Applications can be made here:
Youth ambassadors are at the core of our fundraising effort. Ruby organised the publication of a Global Cook Book, which raised over £3,000.
Ishbel and Lottie from Malvern College are instrumental in galvanising their classmates to fundraise through assemblies and events.
Young Leaders find many ways to help raise funds. Anna and Amber ran half marathons, Anna in Reading and Amber in Kyoto!
It is the leadership abilities of young people that has enabled OSCAR to grow and reach out to more vulnerable young children. The Young Leader programme is a three-month intensive leadership training, offered to beneficiaries identified as having leadership potential. The training focuses on professional development, football coaching skills and encourages participants to become mentors in the communities they live and work in. The programme gives young people:
• Increased confidence and self-belief
• Transferable skills, including leadership and responsibility
• Empowerment to be the agents for change in the community
• Improved employability
More than 450 youths from states across India have completed the programme. An OSCAR young leader mentors over 30 children twice a week, inspiring them to become community role models and reach their maximum potential, at school, on the pitch and in their daily lives. We also take young people from other NGOs or football clubs who want to build capacity in this area. The OSCAR programme currently has 187 Young Leaders, more than half of whom are girls.