Teenagers are trouble. Right?

They’re narcissistic and apathetic. Yes? It’s an age-old mantra built on misunderstanding and mistrust. Trouble is just energy pointing in the wrong direction. What if we take that energy and make it into something positive?

Make (Good) Trouble CIC is a social enterprise that aims to give teenagers the resilience, tools and courage to make a difference in their locality and in the world. Together, we make thought-provoking programmes, delivered via digital and broadcast media, to inspire teens and parents everywhere to understand each other better, and to be the change they want to see in society.

Meet the team: Our Trouble Makers

Formally known as Brighton5, Make (Good) Trouble was dreamt up by Daisy Cresswell (above centre), a mum of two teenage girls, in response to the political and economic uncertainty and the growing mental health crisis in young people.

Brighton5 teens filming
Make (Good) Trouble teens filming

Make (Good) Trouble Productions is a teen-led enterprise. One city, one village, one group of teens at a time, we put them in touch with inspiring mentors and encourage them to challenge and change attitudes to issues around mental health and emotional wellbeing. They document their endeavours on digital and social media, inviting audiences everywhere to get involved.

Our BBC Radio Sussex radio show, Raising Teens, sees parents and teens looking at the issues they face – from social media, relationships and body image to mental health, education and politics.

Let’s not forget, we were all teenagers once. It’s time to stop worrying and start doing. Let’s make good trouble.

Make (Good) Trouble is a named partner of The Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (OSPCC)’s REBOOT programme. We are supported by Sussex Police, Public Health,  Brighton & Hove County Council and Brighton schools and colleges including Patcham High School, Dorothy Stringer, Hove Park School and the MET College.

Make (Good) Trouble Start Up of the Year Finalist, Brighton & Hove Business Awards 2019
Make (Good) Trouble Start Up of the Year Finalist, Brighton & Hove Business Awards 2019

Main image photo credit: Mose Hirst (19)