We wanted to share examples of our work in action.
Georgia first became involved with Encompass as a participant on the November 2013 international programme. Since then she has become actively involved on the Encompass Youth Steering Group and has facilitated on some of our UK programmes.
"Everything I learnt on the Encompass programme will stay with me forever." Georgia, UK
What's brilliant is that Georgia was the winner of this year's Young Achiever of the Year Award at the Pride of Britain Awards. She has triumphed over adversity through sheer determination.
Aged just 11, when the worst that most children have to contend with is detention and too much homework, Georgia was forced into homelessness due to family problems. She spent three years living secretely in her older sister's hostel, afraid of being discovered, before moving into a hostel on her own when she was just 14.
Life at the hostel was incredibly tough and she spent most of her time feeling alone and in constant fear.
With all of this to cope with and no emotional support, its no wonder Georgia found it hard to concentrate at school. At aged 17 she was unemployed and without skills.
Georgia was referred to the Princes Trust and completed the Get Into Construction programme. She grabbed the opportunity with both hands and now works full-time as a site manager.
So we are incredibly pleased that Georgia has been active with us at Encompass. Long may she continue to be involved in our work.
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