The Prince’s Trust announced American singer, songwriter and global superstar Lionel Richie will help the youth charity to scale-up and expand its work around the world.
The announcement was made at an event in Barbados engaging and celebrating young people supported by Prince’s Trust International and its delivery partners, The Royal Barbados Police Force and Ministry of Youth and Community Empowerment. The event was attended by Lionel Richie and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.
As Chair of the new Global Ambassador Group, Lionel Richie will support the charity as it sets to work on a new global remit, tackling issues such as youth education and unemployment, supporting indigenous youth and helping build sustainable communities. Prince’s Trust International and the network of Prince’s Trust charities in the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand currently reaches young people in 10 countries, with plans to extend its support to several African countries this year.
Lionel Richie said: “I’m honoured to become Chair of the Global Ambassador Group for The Prince’s Trust. The Trust is known for its excellent work with young people in the UK, and has a wealth of knowledge that can be useful to other organisations in other countries. The Global Ambassador Group will champion the work of this remarkable charity in new countries and, as Chair, I’m committing to helping The Trust across the globe.”
Since 1976 The Prince’s Trust has supported more than 950,000 young people across the UK into education, employment or training. It is now using this expertise and experience internationally to help organisations overcome the global issue of youth unemployment and to transform lives.
Dame Martina Milburn DCVO CBE, Group Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust said: “We are thrilled to have a person of Lionel’s stature on board as our founding Global Ambassador. There is so much we can achieve together to help young people, and their communities, all over the world. ”