These two young people from Doncaster have been honoured with awards from The Prince’s Trust
Two young people who have been helped by the Princes Trust to discover what they want from their future have received national awards in recognition of their hard work.
Keirra Haver, of Doncaster, won the Educational Achiever of the Year award at The Prince’s Trust and TK Maxx & Homesense Awards, while Jake won Richardson, of Maltby, won the Cranswick Rising Star award.
Keirra, now aged 14, is the first to admit she used to misbehave at school. She said: “It started when I left primary school. I found it hard to make friends so I’d do silly things in class so that people would like me. “I knew I had gotten in with the wrong crowd so, when I started year nine, I decided I wanted to work harder and make people proud of me. That’s when I heard about The Prince’s Trust’s Achieve programme.” “The teacher, Mrs Swainston, was amazing. She helped to build my confidence and I learnt communications skills and about teamwork and finance.” As well as staying out of trouble, Keirra’s grades have improved significantly since she found Achieve and she also now has high aspirations for her future.
She added: “I want to train to become a doctor when I finish school, because I want to help other people.
“Taking part in Achieve has made me realise that I want to continue learning, and to win an award for trying my best and turning a situation around makes me really proud.”
Meanwhile Jake, now aged 20, found that the Prince’s Trust Team programme gave him the opportunity he needed to find direction in his life.
He started his journey with the 12-week Prince’s Trust Dearne Valley Team programme, run by delivery partner South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The programme supports those aged 16 to 25 to build their confidence and employability skills.
Jake said now feels like he is going places after securing employment with Stagecoach and gaining independence through moving into his own house.
He added: “The Team programme was what I needed to start finding some direction in my life.
“ To start my career with Stagecoach was amazing, but to be recognised for my hard work through this award has also been incredible.”