The young people that we work with live in urban environments, where crime, gang violence, drug and alcohol use and anti-social behaviour go hand-in-hand with low incomes, unemployment, poor quality housing, educational challenges and a lack of quality outdoor space.
We started Snow-Camp recognising that young people growing up in these environments had very low aspirations around education or employment, had a lack of opportunity to participate in any sport or leisure activity and were at a high risk of becoming involved in the negative activities that were surrounding them.
From our work we see that bringing young people together from different boroughs and using snowsports to challenge their attitudes about themselves and their peers has a hugely positive impact – changing attitudes and breaking down the geographical boundaries to friendships, creating a new sense of potential and self esteem and increasing aspirations to achieve in education, training and employment.
We work in partnership with inner-city community projects, youth organisations and schools who are working long-term with young people. This ensures that Snow-Camp’s activities can be built into ongoing work with young people who will clearly benefit from the programmes we offer.
The skills I have learnt from Snow-Camp will help with my studies and exams, the motivation and confidence not to give up on what you want in the future and through life