Sussex Speak Out Challenge

Giving young people in Sussex the confidence and opportunity to speak out on the issues that matter to them.

As part of our regional Speak Out Challenges, we are able to increase the confidence and communication skills of up to 600 young people across Sussex this academic year 2022-23. 

The Sussex Speak Out Challenge is designed and delivered by Speakers Trust and is funded by a group of generous individual donors to encourage Year 10 students to develop public speaking and communication skills as well as build self-esteem and agency. 

How it Works: 

During the academic year, schools receive a free, full-day, expert-led workshop in public speaking and communication skills. The student’s confidence in speaking to an audience, without notes, is measured at the beginning and at the end of the day. During 2021-22, 80% of students have increased their confidence to stand up and talk to a group of people. 


After the workshop, selected students will enter the Sussex Speak Out Challenge competition – sharing their speeches in school at their Assembly Final and later at the Sussex Final. Speeches will be watched by a panel of local VIPs and decision-makers and students will have the opportunity to share their message even further using Speakers Trust social media platforms. This helps to raise aspirations for students and the profile of young people in the community. 

One of our Sussex alumni said: “It feels great. It’s such a confidence boost and I feel really great about myself. I feel so happy that I got the opportunity to meet so many important people. I have gained a lot more confidence and ambition to keep going from here.” 


Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex Violet Hancock DL who was on the judging panel said: “every young person needs to be given a voice and Speakers Trust teaches them how to use it to greatest advantage”. 

Get inspired by our Sussex Speak Out Challenge Finalist Hivda and her speech called Roe vs Wade:

To get your school involved: 

Contact for more information. 

There are limited FREE workshops available, so get in touch to guarantee your place. 

There are additional subsidised workshops available for 50% OFF at £300 per workshop. 

Every workshop booked includes a space in the competition.