Set up by Rio Ferdinand in 2012, the Foundation addresses issues of inequality that Rio experienced in his own life, growing up in Peckham, South London.
The Rio Ferdinand Foundation supports and empowers young people from working class communities, tackling racism and inequality, and provides opportunities and pathways to deliver social mobility and realise personal potential were, and remain, the cornerstone of our work.
Alongside Rio, 70% of our leadership team are from Caribbean and African communities and all our Trustees and staff have lived experience of at least some of the issues our work is tackling.
We create opportunities for young people to tackle inequality, achieve their personal potential and drive social change.
The Foundation provides support under four strategic themes: Safe spaces, Health and Wellbeing, Strong, Safe and Inclusive Communities and Progression, Skills and Employability.
We are a value driven organisation, and pride ourselves on using these values in our work. Working with young people and partnerships from projects across the UK, we have developed these core values which underpin everything we do:- Youth led, Empowering, a connector, Resilient, Courageous.