Celebrating a Legacy with Prince’s Trust International
We are delighted to be marking The Coronation of our Founder and President, His Majesty King Charles III who founded The Prince’s Trust in 1976 when he was The Prince of Wales.
His Majesty’s vision that every young person should have the chance to succeed has helped The Prince’s Trust reach over 1.1 million young people in over 20 countries within the Commonwealth and beyond. Today, around 70% of young people on Prince’s Trust programmes move into work, education or training.
Prince’s Trust International now partner with around 40 youth organisations who deliver our education, employability and enterprise programmes. Our aim is to tackle the urgent global issue of youth unemployment and support more young people to learn, earn and thrive.
We are honoured to be represented at the Coronation by some of the incredible young people who have completed Prince Trust International programmes around the world. Please enjoy reading their stories below.
In this historic year of the Coronation, our heartfelt thanks go to the many loyal supporters who have joined us on our journey so far. With your support, we can empower more young people to build their own futures and continue the legacy of His Majesty.
Meet the inspiring young people representing Prince's Trust International at the Coronation
Ekalale Susan, Kenya
Susan, a high school graduate, was awarded The Prince’s Trust Global Award in 2021 for her outstanding achievements as part of the Enterprise Challenge programme. Susan lives in Turkana County and took part in the programme delivered in partnership with the Asante Africa Foundation which enabled her to start her own business, a food stall which became her family’s main source of income during the pandemic.
Susan is passionate about working with young people to empower them to gain entrepreneurship skills and she wants to share the skills she learnt via Enterprise Challenge with other young people, helping others utilise digital skills to support their personal development.
Akeme grew up in Fairy Valley in the South of Barbados, and whilst disengaged from secondary school he got involved in the launch of Prince’s Trust International’s Team programme in Barbados, seeing it as an opportunity to get involved in something new.
Following his time on the programme, Akeme was inspired to start to look for better opportunities for himself, and following his work placement was offered a full-time employment opportunity in a kitchen. Using the skills he had learned, Akeme set up his own hot sauce and catering company ‘Paradise Eats’ and was awarded The Prince’s Trust Global Award in 2020.
Outside of his employment, Akeme is a youth mentor for other young people in his local community.
Chigozie was unemployed for two years before joining the programme, and now leads the Technical and Engineering Team at Juststandout as well as being a Freelance User Experience Designer. He was part of the Prince’s Trust International Get Into Renewable Energy programme in Nigeria and is now rapidly emerging as a leader in the renewable energy field, promoting and providing climate friendly solutions to the energy crisis.
Chigozie was nominated as the Regional Winner for the Prince’s Trust 2023 Global Sustainability Award and his primary goal is to make a positive impact in the world. He says: “I just want to add value”.
Sara is a 26-year-old graduate from Hashemity University with a degree in genetic engineering. Like many young people Sara struggled to find work lacking the necessary skills. Sara decided to attend the Tariqi programme Prince’s Trust International were running in partnership with the Business Development Centre in Jordan.
As a result of her time on the programme, Sara’s confidence and skills grew. Unfortunately, the pandemic hit but the progamme allowed Sarah the opportunity to interview for a role in the insurance sector. Sarah was promoted to team leader and most recently secured a new more senior position with another company.
Gulfsha was awarded The Prince’s Trust Global Award in 2022 in recognition of her exceptional determination and achievements demonstrated through her participation in the Get Into programme in India. Delivered by Prince’s Trust International’s partner Magic Bus India Foundation, Gulfsha completed the Get Into programme she had heard about at college.
Gulfsha grew up in a conservative community and faced resistance in wanting to continue her education. The pandemic put increased pressure on her family’s savings and Gulfsha was desperate to secure employment to try and help. Allowing the opportunity to learn via an online environment, Gulfsha honed a range of workplace skills on the Get Into programme and successfully interviewed for her first ever job. She now works for a consultancy firm, providing price estimates for construction projects. The role allows her to work from home and her salary is now four times her family’s previous monthly income.
Hear why His Majesty and The Prince's Trust believes that every young person should have a chance to succeed
Prince’s Trust Founder and President, His Majesty King Charles III, discusses the legacy of The Prince’s Trust and the global reach of the charity, now operating in over 20 countries, both within the Commonwealth and beyond.