Sussex Police has initiated the launch of an innovative programme in Brighton to inspire young people by building their confidence and self-esteem to improve their employment and educational opportunities.
Be the Change, created in 2015, has helped to support 2,000 young people in Sussex and now sees the start of the new Brighton programme which involves 110 school students from nine Brighton and Hove secondary schools.
The 2019 Brighton programme launched on 31 January at the American Express Community Stadium following aspirations of Sussex Police to develop a preventative programme to support disengaged young people.
The programme was also made possible following the support and business volunteers from other leading local employers, including headline sponsor Brandwatch and supporting partners American Express, Legal & General, Focus Group and Brighton and Hove City Council.
The volunteer business guides from some of Brighton’s biggest employers were touched by the honest and emotional stories from 13 and 14 year old local students who shared their experiences and day-to-day challenges at the Brighton Be the Change event.
The 110 students and 36 business volunteers took part in activities that focused on happiness, confidence, hope, relationships and employability, encouraging them to focus on personal qualities as well as qualifications and provide them with techniques to confidently promote themselves.
Many of them spoke bravely about the barriers which they feel are holding them back, but now feel more positive about both their education and employment future, through the support of their business volunteers.