OVER a hundred girls from Sussex schools gathered for an event to mark the end of a mentoring scheme.
The #BeYou event took place at PlusX’s Innovation Center on Lewes Road, Brighton.
It marked the culmination of a year-long mentorship through The Girls’ Network.
This is a national charity that supports women aged 14-19 by matching them with a mentor and offering a program of events and activities to build their confidence and life skills.
It works with secondary schools in Brighton, Shoreham and Eastbourne.
Local poet and performer Cerys Evans opened the event and joined Brighton-based Aflo the Poet for a Q&A.
Many women across Sussex have already signed up to volunteer with The Girls’ Network to help young women develop their aspirations and consider future careers.
Mentor Jacqui Green said: “Mentoring is about giving your mentee a toolkit of life skills to be more self-reliant to their own potential.
“It’s not about telling someone to do something a certain way, it’s about walking by their side and sharing any insights you might have to help them on their journey.”
Upon completion of the 12-month program, girls are invited to join the Ambassador Community, a network of young women with access to work experience, workshops and events.
Charly Young, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Girls’ Network, said: “Today’s event encourages young women to be brave, to be heard – things we celebrate in our mentoring and in our ambassador community.
“Our network offers girls and young women many role models and opportunities to realize their ambitions.”
The program is funded by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
Charly said: “Thanks to Enterprise’s generous support, we can help many more young women to discover their skills, be confident and create their future.”
Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced its five-year donation of £250,000 to The Girls’ Network earlier this year.
The donation is part of Enterprise’s Road (Respect, Opportunity, Achievement, Diversity) Forward program.
In August and September, the Girls’ Network organizes training courses for women with more than three years of professional experience who are interested in becoming mentors.
To find out more visit www.thegirlsnetwork.org.uk
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