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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 870,000 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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Celebrate Success 2015 Hemel Hempstead Team 3

Young people

Endless knockbacks left 14 young jobseekers feeling frustrated. Looking to build their confidence, the group decided to take on a challenge.

Hezron Brown

Young person

Hezron, 28, from Birmingham, is a youth worker and motivational speaker. He turned his back on gang crime when he realised the choices he was making were holding him back.

The team at Honest Burgers


Since launching, the team at Honest Burgers has been passionate about equipping young people with training and career opportunities.

Young person at HSBC


Thanks to our partnership with HSBC, every year thousands more young people are being helped to get their lives back on track.


Young person

Making friends had never been an issue for Jade Lownsbrough, 21, from Cardiff, until she went to college to study her A Levels.

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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