Legal & General are helping students from Hove Park School to raise their aspirations and realise their potential through their support of the Dare to Dream Programme.
The programme, created by The Love Local Jobs Foundation C.I.C is delivered by Programme Lead, radio presenter Jack ‘The Lad’ Hayes who is currently on air with More Radio. Jack provides young people across Sussex with the support and tools to improve their self-awareness, confidence and resilience.
Jack has been working with over 260 year 9 students from Hove Park School with the unique ability to engage with the students and encourage them to think differently about their futures through drawing upon his own experiences and the challenges he himself has faced.
In addition to this, ten mentors from Legal & General have supported 30 year 9 students from Hove Park School. Each Legal & General mentor has been assigned three students, offering them one-to-one guidance to help promote self-awareness, build resilience, and support employability. The programme is made up of multiple interactions including inspirational assemblies, workshops and one-to-one mentoring which takes place over a six month period and ends with students being shown around the Legal & General site in Hove to experience a real-life working environment.
Employee volunteering is an important part of life at Legal & General, supported by a volunteering policy which allows their people to take time off to support charities during working hours.
The Dare to Dream programme focuses on self-awareness, resilience, mindset, gratitude, teamwork and employability, which young people can often struggle with. Throughout the course of the year, Legal & General’s team of mentors have been instrumental in helping to deliver the key messages central to the themes, helping the students to overcome the challenges they may face.
Commenting on her participation in this year’s Dare to Dream programme, Georgia Mills, Campaigns Manager, Legal & General Retail said,
“I didn’t get the encouragement and support for my career when I was growing up, so I feel privileged to be part of this year’s programme. I get to positively influence young people, help build their confidence, and set them on a path for success.”
Legal & General have long been supporters of The Love Local Jobs Foundation and its programmes, with Phil Anderson, Legal & General's Hove Location Director and Chief Operating Officer, for its Retirement Institutional and Capital businesses commenting,
“We’ve been proud to be part of the Dare to Dream programme for Brighton and Hove for the third time. All our colleagues involved have found the experience to be inspiring and rewarding, acting as mentors to the students and helping them to build self-confidence, discover their ambitions and ultimately fulfil their true potential.”