"I was not supported by those who should have cared for me the most. Some family members struggled to accept my sexuality and I ended up homeless and feeling isolated.

"School was also a challenge and this, coupled with what was going on at home, meant that I didn’t get the grades I was predicted. In addition, limited work experience meant I found it really hard to get a job.

"Through the JobCentre I was referred to a Taster Day for ‘Marks and Start’, a Get into Retail programme from The Prince’s Trust, run in partnership with Marks & Spencer (M&S).

"The programme gave me confidence I didn’t know I had and the stepping stones I needed in order to flourish and progress into a career in retail. While with M&S I progressed from Customer Assistant to Section Co-ordinator and Customer Service Champion and was nominated as a Colleague Forum Representative.

I had gone from one of the lowest points in my life to feeling full of positivity and excitement for the future. I was then asked to be a Young Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust which has been an enormous privilege and I’ve been able to share the story of my journey with The Trust at over 25 events.

"The Prince’s Trust has turned my life around and opened so many doors for me. I’m still working in retail and hospitality and I’ve become involved with other projects including: Leaders Unlocked, a social enterprise helping other young people; the Norfolk Police and Crime Youth Association; Rotary International; and Pride.

I literally wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the support of The Prince’s Trust.

Adam won the Mappin & Webb Young Ambassador Award at our Central Prince's Trust Awards in 2018 - an award which recognises young people who are exceptional Young Ambassadors for The Trust, volunteering their time to share their personal experiences and inspire others.

Earlier this year, Adam featured in our latest L'Oréal Paris All Worth It campaign focused on affirmations. 

"Self-worth and self-esteem are so important to instil in young people to ensure they can thrive. It’s amazing that The Prince’s Trust is working with L’Oréal to support young people build their confidence.

My affirmation is ‘when I fall, I will rise’ because it’s empowering and encouraging. It reminds me, and I hope others, that if life sets you back you can always grow, learn and move positively into the future.