Khiry, 23 from Haringey, had to deal with the death of his mum at the age of 10, which affected his behaviour at school and led to depression.
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.
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.
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.