Samsung Young Achiever
The Samsung Young Achiever Award winner is Stacey Fox!
The Samsung Young Achiever Award, in association with ITV's This Morning, recognises the success of young people getting into employment, training or education and overcoming substantial barriers to transform their lives.
This award category recognises young people who have struggled through unimaginable difficulties to transform their lives; their stories are of resounding achievement and are now inspiring others to strive for such success.
By the age of 18, Stacey had tragically lost both of her parents, throwing her whole world into turmoil, and leading to depression and a breakdown. Then Stacey was introduced to Make Your Mark and life began to change. In June 2015 she was offered permanent employment with the store.
Ryan had been through years of unhappiness that had seen him face bullying, intimidation, homelessness, isolation andmore. He was referred to Fairbridge by a hostel, but it took a lot of coaxing and one-to-one support from Fairbridge staff before Ryan felt able to open up and start setting himself goals to work towards. Now he's volunteering at Belfast Activity Centre and describes life as "awesome".
Acting as the main carer for her mother and finding herself homeless at 16 were just two of the issues Tiffany faced. She had a complete breakdown, was signed off from work, and tried to take her own life.
Our Fairbridge programme gave her confidence, self-belief, and offered her the chance to rediscover who she was. Soon after she secured a place on a social work degree.
Every day was like a dead end. There was nothing good in my life and nothing to look forward to. I was in a very dark place.