Khiry found himself unemployed for four years, not knowing where to turn for help, until support from The Prince’s Trust proved invaluable.

At the beginning of 2002, life for Khiry seemed to be going well. He was the eldest of four children and lived with his mum, sister and two brothers. However shortly after, Khiry was dealt the news that his mum was seriously ill and his life changed.

Khiry says: "My mum would spend her days in and out of hospital and we quite often had an ambulance come to our house. One night, when my mum was in hospital, I remember sitting in my front room watching TV and I suddenly heard all these cars outside.

I could see people’s faces out of the window and everyone looked sad. That’s when my aunt came in and told me and my brothers and sister, that our mum had died. I was devastated.

School wasn’t a great time for Khiry. He was diagnosed with learning difficulties, including dyslexia and was coping with the loss of his mum. He was depressed, had few qualifications and felt unsupported by the people around him.

Khiry says: “My aunt has been amazing and I've lived with her since my mum died, but I found that other people would say they’d support me but they didn’t stick to their word. So, when I came across The Prince’s Trust, I was sceptical. But, I thought that if I could put the hard work in, then something will come good at the end.”
After a visit to The Prince’s Trust Morgan Stanley Centre in Poplar, Khiry spoke to a member of staff who signed him up for the Fairbridge programme, which gives young people the chance to try new activities and learn new skills.
Khiry received regular one-to-one support from staff at the centre which helped his confidence to grow and slowly he started to trust people again.
Khiry says:

When I came to the Poplar centre, I felt like I was going to do well here, because it’s a really nice centre with loads of space and I felt instantly welcome. I took part in Fairbridge for two months and did loads of activities with other young people on the programme, which was really good fun. I would come into the Poplar centre two or three times a week - it really helped having a place to go for support as I knew staff there would help me if I needed them.

Then an opportunity came up for Khiry to take part in a Get into Retail programme, in partnership with Tesco, which gives young people intensive training and experience in that sector.
Khiry thrived on the course and impressed staff so much that he was offered a job. He now works at a local Tesco store and was recently awarded a permanent contract. He is also a Young Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust and hopes to inspire more young people, like him, to achieve their goals.

Khiry says:

Since receiving support from The Prince’s Trust, I’m now more confident and sociable and feel a lot happier in myself. I didn’t use to speak up but now I do. I’ve realised that if someone isn’t willing to help, then I can find someone who is willing to help me. I love my job and wake up every morning feeling much more positive about my life.