YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAMME
The Young Leader Programme is a key ‘football for development’ initiative that is the foundation for the sustainability of our organisation. Youth from low-income communities including previous OSCAR beneficiaries are identified and trained to work with children from underprivileged communities.
In partnership Everton and the Premier League, OSCAR Foundation launched Mumbai’s first ever football project for Children with Disabilities in October 2018. More than 30 Young Leaders received training from specialised Premiere League coaches on delivering ‘football for good’ sessions to Children with Disabilities. As a part of this project, regular inclusive football sessions and an annual football festival with disabled and non-disabled children are being organised by OSCAR Foundation to promote inclusion and equality.
The ‘Shor’ project is aimed at enabling Very Young Adolescent girls (10-13yrs) with knowledge specific to their age group. We recognise that VYA girls living in low-income communities face unique challenges related to gender issues, sexuality, and health and hygiene as they grow up. And if these challenges are not addressed in the right manner, it can adversely affect their self-esteem. OSCAR Young Leaders are receiving specialised training by experts from our partner organisation Pukar on subjects critical to the growth of VYA girls with support from EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation.