Crawley Borough Council is supporting the Love Local Jobs Foundation's Dare to Dream programme, helping hundreds of students from five schools.
Dare to Dream is an inspirational programme created by the Love Local Jobs Foundation, a community interest company (CIC), which aims to support the self-awareness, resilience, employability skills and wellbeing of young people.
The programme aims to motivate young people and give them vital life skills to prepare them for their future careers. 570 Year 9 students are participating in the programme from The Gatwick School, Hazelwick School, Holy Trinity, Oriel High and Thomas Bennett with a number of inspirational talks to boost their confidence and aspirations to fulfil their potential.
The programme lead is radio celebrity, Jack 'the Lad' Hayes, who is using his skills to engage with youth audiences and tell his own story.
Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said: "I'm delighted to be supporting this inspirational programme, especially in the current economic climate.
"Upskilling residents so they can take advantage of the employment opportunities locally is a key aim of the council as we look to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic."
The council has previously taken part in other Love Local Jobs Foundation initiatives, including Be the Change for several years, as part of its long-term commitment to development the skills and employment prospects of young people in Crawley.
For more details about Dare to Dream visit lovelocaljobsfoundation.com/dare-to-dream