"Growing up I was abused and this had an enormous impact on me and my mental health. I thought everything was my fault, but when I saw the same cycle of abuse starting over with other children, I knew I had to do something, so I reported it to the police and gave evidence in court.

"It was an incredibly difficult time in my life. I felt completely isolated and at my lowest point. I still had to go to school and do my GCSEs, but inside I wanted to die and tried to take my own life.

"I had heard of The Prince’s Trust so approached them to see how they could help me and I ended up on the Team, which is a 12-week programme to support unemployed young people gain confidence and skills.

"I was nervous to begin with but it didn’t take long for me to feel completely at ease as my confidence soared during the programme.

Today it’s hard to recognise the person I was before because life has changed so much for the better. I am a Assistant Team Leader and a Young Ambassador, and I want to use my past to help other young people.

"I am so grateful to The Prince's Trust for helping me get here; I am loving the journey I am on."

Dylan is an inspiration. He has shown real determination to overcome some incredibly tough challenges in his life and now not only has he turned his own life around, he is dedicated to working with The Prince’s Trust to help other young people transform theirs. He is a very deserving winner of this year’s Young Achiever award.

- Louise Greenlees, President, TJX Europe

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