In brief

Waves for Change provides a child-friendly mental health service to at-risk youth living in unstable communities. Through access to safe spaces, caring mentors, and a provision of weekly Surf Therapy sessions, Waves for Change gives children skills to cope with stress, regulate behaviour, build healing relationships, and make positive life choices.

Problem to be tackled

The average young person in a South African township experiences up to eight traumatic events every year. At-risk youth cannot access the psychosocial support needed to deal with the impact of constant exposure to trauma. Waves for Change is designed to fill this void, reframing community-based healthcare by training Surf Mentors to engage at-risk youth in daily Surf Therapy programmes.