Stars inspire young people to succeed against the odds
Alesha Dixon and Mark Ronson met unemployed young people at The Prince's Trust centre in Hackney as the Government announced that more than 950,000 young people are still struggling to find work.
Alesha Dixon and Mark Ronson today met unemployed young people at The Prince’s Trust Centre in Hackney as the Government announced that more than 950,000 young people are still struggling to find work.
The celebrity Ambassadors took part in Against The Odds, a live web-streamed Q&A to inspire young people facing barriers such as unemployment, poverty and homelessness.
Tinie Tempah, Lemar, charity campaigner Brooke Kinsella MBE and SBTV entrepreneur Jamal Edwards were also at the event to share their experiences of overcoming difficulties to get where they are today.
Singer and Britain’s Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon said: "I feel extremely blessed to have a job that I love, but it hasn't always been easy to get where I am today. At times I didn’t have the easiest of childhoods, but I still grew up believing I could achieve my dreams.
As an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, I’ve seen how the charity helps thousands of young people to achieve things they never thought possible.
She continued, "No matter how difficult things get, the most important thing we can say to young people now is not to give up hope – there is support out there to help you get where you want to be."
DJ and producer Mark Ronson announced today that he has become an Ambassador for The Trust, joining high-profile names such as Stephen Fry and Luther actor Idris Elba.
The musician said: "I find it shocking that so many young people are struggling to find a job – it seems like such a waste of talent and ambition.
"As a music producer, I’m always on the lookout for young talent, and I’ve helped quite a few people get their first break in the industry. But I want to do more, which is why I’ve signed up to become an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust.
I hope that Against The Odds has helped to raise awareness of the charity’s work and inspired more young people to get the support they need to succeed.
HSBC donates £5m over five years to help disadvantaged youths
Today’s event came as The Prince’s Trust received a £5m donation from HSBC to help thousands of disadvantaged young people over the next five years.
The funding aims to grow the Fairbridge programme, helping more vulnerable young people to achieve their potential. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.
HSBC employees are getting behind the programme.
For example, Hugo Lesourd, an HSBC trainee, took part in one of a series of ‘day in the life’ events, which are being held at Prince’s Trust Centres across the UK, to give bank employees an idea of what the charity is all about.
He said: "The Trust gives me confidence that young people are not being abandoned in society – there are people out there who are striving to give young people opportunities and a better start in life."
Joe Garner, Head of HSBC in the UK commented:
At HSBC we feel a strong responsibility to serve the community. Through this partnership I passionately believe we have a chance to help improve the lives of young people who are looking for a second chance. By developing their confidence and life skills, we want to help young people fulfil their potential and realise their dreams.
To see photos of Against The Odds please visit www.facebook.com/princestrust.
To watch a recording of Against The Odds please visit The Prince's Trust YouTube channel.