OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To provide services to help educate, elevate & empower whilst also being an advocate & agent to increasing opportunities in society for young people.
Educate young people with knowledge of self and life.
Elevate young people to believe in themselves and be confident in their skin.
Empower them to make healthy choices, enhance their skills and enable them to find their true purpose.
Through the projects we develop and deliver in schools, our aim is to mentor and coach young people to explore and conquer the issues they face in today’s challenging society.
We understand that the youth of today face unachievably high expectations with little to no support, growing up in a society that is in economic chaos, flooded with crime.
Many of our young people are entering the mental health or criminal justice system because they have limited options or have to wait months for any sort of intervention.
We want to help change this narrative.
OUR FOUNDER, Alexia Sibthorpe
Hello, my name is Alexia and I’m the big cheese here at OTYA!
My amazing youth agency was born out of a passion of working with young people, and my lifelong dedication to seeing young people achieve their dreams and ambitions is what continues to drive me today.
I believe that we can unlock our own potential when we work in tune with our mind, body and soul through joyful pursuits such as creative arts, dance, sports and enjoying music.
(FYI - my own personal favourite dance move is the shuffle and I once danced on stage at Glastonbury...)
When young people have the right coaches, mentors and champions alongside them, they stand a better chance of being able to enjoy the best of their emotional wellbeing. I believe in creating a safe space for educated and informed young people – this work is the genius of OTYA.
I deliver workshops in schools and online; creative art sessions, dance and sport workshops. I work 121 and in group mentoring or coaching programmes and I also deliver live youth work sessions on Instagram to engage and inspire young people who are isolated or struggling emotionally.
I’m a knowledgeable and friendly professional with 20+ years of youth work experience behind me – no question is too small and nothing you tell me will shock me (or if it does, I’ll be really good at hiding it!).
So please do get in touch - I really would love to hear from you :)
OUR DANCE DIRECTOR & TEACHER, Bayley-Rio
"Hi, my name is Bayley-Rio, and I'm thrilled to be the lead choreographer and teacher for OTYA in schools across Surrey, as well as leading the online classes nationwide.
I'm a professional street dancer with over 10 years dance experience and training, and a multiple street dance competition winner, including British and World titles.
I've been a qualified dance leader since the age of 15 and have completed a BTEC in Dance, as well as a Dance & Fitness To Music qualification.
Dance has been a huge passion of mine for as long as I can remember, and I can't wait to encourage and support a whole new generation through OTYA - so why not come and join me!
Watch the interview with Chira at Career Solutions, where Alexia talks about the struggles of young people and the key areas in which the youth struggle in today's society.