"I grew up in an area that I would describe as deprived, with gangs, gang culture, and crime. So much so that it was pretty easy to be influenced by the environment around me and I was gradually absorbed into and culture of crime.

"Even being brought up in a loving home, I was still heavily influenced by street culture. Looking back now, I am sure if I had seen a bank manager, architect or a businessman as a positive role model, things could have turned out differently.

"Unlike some of my friends, I had a choice to leave that life. I had a family and people that cared about me. So after my GCSEs I made a conscious decision to drift away from that lifestyle. I knew if I stayed, I would end up dead or in prison.

"I worked hard at school, going to sixth form and getting BTECs that allowed me to enrol in a Business Management Degree in Leicester.

However, while I was in my second year, I agreed to meet some friends locally to mediate a disagreement. I ended up being ambushed in an attack that left me with 14 stab wounds and in hospital fighting for life.

"I woke up after having a full body X-ray. This is when I was told that I had sustained 14 deep stab wounds across my torso, thighs, and bottom. The deepest wound was an inch away from my vital organs. Relief kicked in when they said I should be fine.

"It’s still amazing to know that I survived, but at that time I had to leave university to recover. After recovering, I went back to my retail job working as a delivery driver for a supermarket. One of my customers use to chat to me about her life and one day I decided to tell her about mine. It was her that recommended I seek out The Prince’s Trust.

"I applied for an online mentor through and was allocated someone who I think was the perfect mentor. She gave me so much invaluable guidance and made me see the power and importance of sharing my real story to inspire others.

It never occurred to me that my story was one to share with others. Where I’m from it wasn’t that unusual to have been a victim of violence. But I began to understand the power of sharing my story with a view to influence change in a positive way.

"In my work now as a youth worker I am able to be that role model for young people, they share with me things they might not share with parents and teachers and that’s a powerful thing. I’m now working to set up my own youth organisation, directing young people to the relevant services they need.

I truly believe in the power of mentors and positive role models to show young people their value, and that there is so much out there for them.