YMCA DLG young person Carolanne has made it through to the YMCA England Youth Matters Awards final.
Carolanne was nominated for the Young Achiever of The Year Award by her RYP Resettlement Worker Emily Field. The Young Achiever of the Year Award recognises the exceptional achievements of a young person who has overcome significant obstacles to make a real difference to their lives and their community.
This October Carolanne will attend a prestigious award ceremony at Porchester Hall in London with finalist from other YMCAs across England where the winner will be announced. Carolanne was referred to RYP project whilst she was serving a custodial sentence and upon release she decided to get as much help as possible to turn her life around. She now lives in a mother and baby unit in Newhaven with her newborn son. Carolanne is doing a parenting course at college, has been volunteering in a charity shop and will be studying for her maths and English.
Carolanne has done exceptionally well this year. Despite a traumatic childhood and a chaotic lifestyle, she has managed to make changes in her life. She recognises how far she has come, how difficult it has been, wants to be able to help other young people in her position and is thinking about a possible career in youth work.