Get to know our local partners

Who make the impact happen

Rio de Janeiro

The Tio Lino Community Centre was founded over 30 years ago by Tio Lino (uncle Lino). When he passed away his daughter Iris took on the brave responsibility of continuing his legacy. The centre offers a variety of classes and activities to young people in the local community. The centre currently offers over 20 hours a week of activities to a group of 30 young people.

Estrelas do Mandela is a project located in the north zone of Rio de Janeiro that uses football as a tool to promote female empowerment and social development. Graciara, the founder, is a very active member of the community and her project caters to over 60 young girls weekly.

Street Flow, a hip hop dance project highlights art and culture as tools for social development. JP Black started the project in 2015 and now offers classes to over 50 young people. JP is a reference in the hip hop world and a strong proponent of the power of dance and the impact it can have on a young person.

Playlife was founded in 2014 in Vidigal, a favela in the south of Rio. Tamires (a previous beneficiary) took over the project in 2017 and has grown into a leader and role model. Tamires uses football and tennis to break stereotypes and help give young people direction. Tamires and her team work with over 62 young people.

Mister found Vivendo um Sonho Surf (Living the Dream, Surfing) in 2017. The project uses suring as a socio-educational tool and also as a refuge from the daily difficulties that many young children from the community face.

The initiative aims to keep young people away from violence, offer real opportunities, and never let the essence of sport disappear from the community.

Natal

Balé da Ralé is our first partner project working in Natal, a city in northeast Brazil. Saryne offers classical ballet, capoeira, tutoring and much more to over 120 young people in her community.

The initiative was created with the aim of transforming the lives of young people through dance and education.

London

Sports Fun 4 All is a biweekly football session for young people aged 13 to 21. Born and bred in Lewisham, Kieran started the social project in response to the dwindling free youth provisions available in South London. Sports Fun 4 All offers a safe space for young people to play sports and have fun.

Youth Ink is a youth offending service that employs young leaders with lived experience in the criminal justice system to work with at-risk young people, helping to keep them from offending and/or re-offending. Several organisations deliver interventions for young people around the criminal justice system, however, Youth Ink is leading the way as the only peer to peer intervention in the youth justice system.