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Success stories

Every day, our inspirational young people take the opportunity to change their lives for the better. We’re proud of the 825,000 young people whose lives we’ve touched over the past four decades. 

Why not take a few moments to read, share and celebrate with our real-life success stories? None of our work would be possible without our fantastic network of partners and supporters. Discover their key role in our success. 

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Jared Kirby turned his life around and now works with Costa Coffee

Young person

Jared Kirby found himself on a destructive path and felt his life had no meaning. He was bullied at school, became disengaged with education and left with no qualifications.

Joel Fields

Young person

Joel and his four brothers and sisters were put into foster care. But, he turned his life around and even went on win a Celebrate Success award.

Volunteer Julie Brown, Central England


When Julie switched careers from business admin and advertising, she realised how much she enjoyed working with young people.

Celebrate Success 2015 Kerry Harkins

Young person

Throughout childhood Kerry faced horrific violence and a lack of stability. At the age of 16, Kerry's world fell apart; her mother sadly passed away.

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Young person

Liam Plews, 22, from Spennymoor, County Durham, ignored his mum when she told him to do something with his life.

Lyle's photo

Young person

Lyle struggled to cope with anger and deteriorating relationships at home, causing him to rebel and contemplate suicide.

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Young person

Marcus found school a struggle, but he got good GCSEs and decided to stay on and do A-Levels. Unfortunately, things didn't go as planned.

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The Prince’s Trust and Marks and Spencer (M&S) launched the first Make Your Mark programme in July 2013.

Melissa McNaughton

Young person

Inspirational entrepreneur, Melissa McNaughton, 26, from Glasgow, battled a fatal illness to set up a successful hair and beauty business.

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