The Educational Achiever Award, sponsored by Ascential, recognises young people who have overcome barriers, developed new skills and improved their education prospects.

Educational Achiever Award winner - Jaidah Thomas

“I am transgender and became HIV positive after I was sexually assaulted aged 15. I was bullied at school, got into abusive relationships and it affected my mental health. I became aggressive and was expelled without being allowed to take any exams.

“I lost four close relatives within nine months and was raped a week after my grandfather died. I left home, started living in a shelter, became addicted to drugs, tried suicide and was sectioned with a number of mental health conditions – including hallucinations - after I took a swipe at police.

Going on The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge programme was the first step in making my life better.

I learned to trust, respect and work with my peers and in return they showed me so much gratitude and support for opening up to them about being transgender that, for once in my life, I felt like a normal human being.

“The Prince's Trust allowed me to lose the labels society had given me and find myself. It’s like a fully functioning family that gives you a safe environment and empowers you not to be a product of your past, but the person you want to become. That’s all a person needs to get back on their feet.

“I’m now at university studying event management and, until recently, was mentoring a young transgender person.” 

Our partnership with Ascential

Over the past five years, Ascential have proudly supported The Prince’s Trust as their official charity partner, raising over £500,000. In addition, Ascential has taken part in our 2017 Million Makers challenge and has also provided unique opportunities for young people to develop and grow through their higher education partnerships and Cannes Lions’ Young Creative Academy.

Our regional Educational Achiever Award winners

  • Shantelle Kealey, winner of our Belfast Educational Achiever Award 2017
  • Jay Connor, winner of our Edinburgh Educational Achiever Award 2017
  • Ryan Watson, winner of our Newcastle Educational Achiever Award 2017
  • David Richardson, winner of our Manchester Educational Achiever Award 2017
  • Levi Spriggs, winner of our Norwich Educational Achiever Award 2017
  • Libby Foxall, winner of our Birmingham Educational Achiever Award 2017
  • Jaidah Thomas, winner of our London Educational Achiever Award 2017
  • Ben Rogers, winner of our Bristol Educational Achiever Award 2017
  • Cordelia Davies, winner of our Cardiff Educational Achiever Award 2017