Dean, 17, from Glasgow, had a chaotic
home life, resulting in difficulty concentrating in class and
managing his anger. He joined the xl programme to turn his
life around, and is now committed to completing his 5th year at
Struggling for guidance, Dean was having difficulty making
the right choices at Lochend Community High School,
concentrating in class and had anger management issues. By the end
of S2, his attendance sat at 59 percent.
Hoping to boost his motivation, Dean joined
the xl programme, making a conscious decision to turn his path
around and surround himself with positive influences.
Since joining xl, Dean’s confidence has grown
and he is now comfortable communicating his ideas and opinions and
shows leadership potential. Often first to volunteer, Dean is
instrumental in steering his peers in the right direction and gives
them confidence when they are uncertain. He is a very motivational
member of the club, always willing to learn and hear different
Dean has participated in a number of projects
through xl including working with Glasgow City Council’s
Environmental Action Team in a campaign to improve the facilities
in the local area, raising money for Sport Relief, reporting and
producing for Radiowaves Project and helping F.A.R.E. to pack
Christmas hampers for the elderly.
More recently Dean has taken an active role in
the “Common Purpose Your Turn” programme which challenges
stereotypes of young people in Glasgow, taking part in activities
studying issues around sectarianism and territorialism.
Dean has become very involved in after school
clubs and is determined to go on to become a music teacher. He
realises he needs qualifications for this and is committed to
completing his 5th year at school.
Dean has worked hard to obtain his ASDAN xl
Gold Award and a Youth Achievement Award and his committment was
recognised at a city-wide awards ceremony where won the Glasgow xl
Awards Outstanding Achiever of the Year Award.
We would like to acknowledge the individuals or organisations
who have played a key role in helping this young person achieve
success through their Prince’s Trust programme.
- Lorraine Hutchison, Lochend Community
- Aileen McManus, Pupil Support
- Morgan Stanley