Sarah Klauber, 16, from Hemel Hempstead, experienced a turbulent home life after her parents separated. At the age of 11, things came crashing down when Sarah’s mum passed away.

Sarah and her sister were taken in by her dad, but the family struggled to adapt to their new living situation. Sarah’s stress and depression increased, and she began to suffer from alopecia.

Sarah's school life was soon affected. She struggled at the hands of bullies and became confrontational with staff. Her attendance dropped to just 40 per cent.

At the age of 13, Sarah participated in taster sessions with The Prince’s Trust xl programme, two times a week. Her attendance at school rose to 90 per cent and led to her being offered the chance to spend year 11 at Dacorum Educational Support Centre, where she could participate in the xl programme full-time.

Sarah says:

The Prince’s Trust gave me a second chance. If it wasn’t for the xl programme, I’d have dropped out of school and failed my exams. The Trust helped me get back on track and find a job. I loved doing the course as I got to meet new people and had the best support possible. Without their help, I don’t know what would have happened to me.

After achievement qualifications through the xl programme, Sarah sat all of her exams in the summer of 2015 and has since started an apprenticeship. Her plans are to pursue a career in administration and continue with her education. 

I’ve learned to trust other people again and feel as though I have a good future ahead of me. I want to take advantage of all the help I’ve been given and continue with my new and brilliant life.