Meet Lotti who has joined Make (Good) Trouble as Production Assistant through the Kickstart scheme, and is our newest member of the team.

Lotti, our new Production Assistant

I’m very excited to be working with Make (Good Trouble) as I know how much they put into helping young people’s mental wellbeing and prioritise the importance of engaging with different types of digital media. This is especially important to me as I’m am very passionate about incorporating social and environmental issues into my photography and videography and have always been eager to work within young people’s mental health. I’m very much looking forward to making lots of good trouble with the team!

Make (Good) Trouble is proud and excited to be part of the Brighton Kickstart scheme put together by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival (BDBF), working together with Future Creators. It allows us to provide a young person with reliable employment and offer vocational training in media production.

A Make (Good) Trouble photo shoot

We’re one of 20 local organisations offering over 80 work placements in the arts, publishing, PR, digital media and other creative opportunities. Future Creators will facilitate the scheme, working with local businesses and organisations to provide paid work placements for 16- to 24-year-olds claiming Universal Credit.

Every project we undertake is co-created with young people and digital media production is the lens through which they can express their opinions and direct their truths, ensuring an authentic, actionable end-product. During the current economic uncertainty, this scheme is very much needed and helps to fund places for young people who might not otherwise get that opportunity.

We will be supported by Future Creators throughout the placement and will be awarding Badge Nation’s Digital Badges as part of the scheme. We have already awarded 56 Digital Badges to young people involved in our projects over the past year, and they’re a brilliant way to reward our co-creators with a verifiable record of their achievements. 

This is such an important initiative, particularly at a time when youth unemployment is hitting new highs due to Covid.  We look forward to welcoming our newest team member to Make (Good) Trouble. Watch this space!  

Huge thanks to the lovely Emma Foster from Knowso – a company set up to inspire women to start their own businesses and enterprises – for talking to Make (Good) Trouble founder Daisy Cresswell.

In this video Q&A, Daisy shares her experiences of setting up the social enterprise and the challenges of finding funding and the value of building a supportive community around you.

You can find out about Knowso and read more about lots more inspiring women in business on their website: www.knowso.com

We asked teenagers to give us their thoughts on what International Women’s Day means to them…

Men everywhere should celebrate International Women’s Day

#EachForEqual

By Sammy Zottola, 16

International Women’s Day is almost upon us, It is a day for celebration as we celebrate women across the world and their contribution to humanity, both in the past and the present. Furthermore, International Women’s Day gives us an opportunity to highlight the efforts of those that patriarchal history has chosen to gloss over, like Rosalind Franklin, or Bessie Coleman. Remembering those in the past is important: it ensures women historically receive the credit they deserve, but International Women’s Day encompasses more than just the past, it encompasses the women of the future.

I know of many young men who would snub International Women’s Day as something not based around them, and therefore not being worth their time. This selfish outlook is why we still live in a patriarchal society today. Only by working together can we achieve true equality; it takes the masses to tear down the outdated establishment. So, what are we to do? What are young men everywhere to do? Take the spotlight and talk for these women? No, now is not the time to be taking the spotlight, now is not the time to be talking for people, now is the time to support young women, the sisters, friends, classmates, colleagues, and girlfriends in our lives, in their endeavour to take the spotlight for themselves, and speak for themselves.

Men everywhere should celebrate International Women’s Day, not in spite of the fact it isn’t centred around them, but because of it. They should celebrate it as a day of equality, a day of respect, a day where women, past and present, are celebrated for their past successes, and their future successes.

I’m an aspiring voice actor; I’ve been influenced and inspired by the voices I’ve grown up hearing, in television, film, and games, such as Laura Bailey and Tara Strong. This International Women’s Day take some time to consider the women that have helped you discover your interests and have paved the way in your field.

Happy International Women’s Day.