Hummingbird Young Leaders programme is run in partnership with TEDxBrighton.
Launched in Summer 2017, the Young Leaders programme was developed as an
innovative way to mentor young refugees in Brighton in public speaking,
communication, leadership, advocacy and politics.
A core group of five Hummingbird Young Leaders have attended regular weekend
Young Leader sessions developing confidence & skills.
Our young leaders have worked together to raise awareness on issues facing other
refugees in the UK and Europe and have campaigned to create positive change. They
have organised and attended events around the country, including regular meetings
and events in Parliament.
They are highly engaged with MPs, journalists and other
charities including Safe Passage & Amnesty International. In November 2018 they
spoke powerfully at the Kindertransport Anniversary event along with Dame Esther
Rantzen, which was attended by over 1000 people, including many members of
Parliament and survivors of the holocaust.
In December 2018 the Young Leaders also spoke at an event at Amnesty International
London about Human Rights with partners Refugee Rights Europe and Help Refugees.
They have been involved in radio interviews with the BBC and been interviewed by
journalists from the Independent, Guardian & Sunday Times.
Locally in our community, on top of their studies they have welcomed new young people to the area,
volunteered their time with our charity, spoken on panels at University of
Brighton and received awards for their outstanding achievements in the UK.