Waves for Hope offers youth development programs that utilize surfing, group discussion and mentorship to empower and provide positive psychology education to at-risk youths in under-served communities across Trinidad & Tobago.
Our mission is to improve the physical, emotional and mental well-being of young people. We provide a safe space, caring mentors, the fun activity of surfing and evidence-based exercises to build healthy
relationships, develop coping skills and improve confidence and self-esteem.
Our goal is to encourage positive life choices and create role models in under-served communities in Trinidad & Tobago.
"When I get overwhelmed at home and at
school I take time by myself to meditate."
"Surf Therapy helps the kids in my community by making them feel free, it helps them get along better, teaches them respect and it helps build their confidence. "
We work with groups of up to 24 youths at a time. These kids and youths live in vulnerable situations and are exposed to poverty, violence, abuse and family breakdown.
The Trinidad & Tobago Youth Project (TTYP) estimates that more than 50% of youths involved in school crime and violence are afflicted with health problems such as depression, emotional, verbal, or physical abuse, mood disorders and unresolved grief and loss.