SUPER student Sarah Price has been helping young people get back into work.
Now, her own hard work has earned the 21-year-old a top award.
Sarah uses her own experience of being unemployed to help others after turning her life around with the help of youth charity The Prince’s Trust.
In honour of her work, she was crowned winner of the Sunderland College Young Ambassador of the Year Award at The Prince’s Trust and L’Oréal Paris Celebrate Success Awards in Newcastle.
The award highlights how far Sarah has come since leaving school with no qualifications, to studying a degree at the University of Sunderland.
Sarah, from Houghton, was disruptive in school and was excluded twice.
After school she travelled to Greece to work in promotions on a holiday resort, but on her return she found herself out of work for 10 months.
She enrolled on The Prince’s Trust’s team programme at Sunderland College, a 12-week personal development course which gives unemployed young people skills and confidence.
She said: “I can’t believe I’ve won this award.
“I’m so proud to have been nominated and it’s all thanks to The Prince’s Trust that I’ve managed to turn things around.
“I’m the first person in my family to go to university so everyone’s really proud of what I have achieved. I never thought I’d end up doing a degree, but am thoroughly enjoying the course.”
Sarah also became a Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador, talking about her own experiences and helping to inspire other young people, and volunteered on other team programmes.
Since leaving the team programme, Sarah has passed extra exams and is now in the final year of her Community and Youth Studies degree at Sunderland and has secured a permanent job with a local youth training provider.
Rick Bowler, University of Sunderland senior lecturer in Community and Youth Studies said: “Sarah thoroughly deserves this award. She has worked so hard. She’s a critical thinker and is an inspiration to the young people she helps.”
Lisa Burns, 18, from Sunderland, was a runner-up for the L’Oreal Paris Young Achiever of the Year Award.