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.
"I am happiest when I surf"
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.
"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. "
Waves for Hope is a non-profit organisation founded in 2019 by Trinidad Surf Pro Chris Dennis & his Swiss wife Manuela Giger. Both are very passionate about surfing & believe in the healing nature of the ocean in combination with surf therapy.