Umar became one of our most requested Young Ambassadors, inspiring hundreds of people with his story. Read about how our programmes helped him gain the confidence and skills he needed.
Umar, 27, born in Moss Side Manchester, raised in East London. Danger followed him wherever he went.
He had a troubled childhood, growing up in a family environment of drug abuse, he rebelled and found himself taking drugs, as well as importing and exporting them abroad.
After serving time in prison, Umar’s probation officer persuaded him to join a Prince’s Trust programme that builds the confidence and motivation of unemployed young people.
He achieved things that he never thought possible and felt an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment. When he left, he signed up to Get into NHS – another Prince’s Trust programme that gives unemployed young people the skills and confidence they need to find work in the sector – and developed leadership skills and a passion for working in care.
When the course ended, Umar was offered a job and then became a Prince's Trust Young Ambassador.
Painting a very real picture of what he has been through, Umar became one of The Trust's most requested Young Ambassadors. He spoke at Highgrove, gave a headline speech alongside Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow, and earned a standing ovation that lasted several minutes after delivering a captivating speech at The Trust's EMC Leadership Dinner - an event that raised more than £580,000 in donations.
He currently works as a support worker for the elderly, and is studying his Level 3 in Health and Social Care, volunteers at a homeless shelter and has ambition of becoming a social worker. His turnaround is nothing short of extraordinary.
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