Prince’s Trust Awards 2023
The 19th Prince’s Trust Awards took place at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, London on 16 May. During the star-studded ceremony, we celebrated young people who have changed their lives with the help of The Trust and recognises those individuals who have helped to make their achievements possible.
Hosted by UK television presenters Ant and Dec, the awards celebrated young people who have participated in Prince’s Trust programmes around the world and showcased the journey of the Trust over the last 40 years. Guests at the ceremony included George Clooney, Charlotte Tilbury, Stanley Tucci and Nile Rogers and many more.
Following the award, our inspiring winners and Celebrity Ambassadors attended a very special reception with our President and Founder, His Majesty The King, at Buckingham Palace where they were blown away by this very special experience.
Meet Our Winners
Global Young Achiever 2023, Faith
Faith grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, one of eight siblings. Like many young people from less advantaged backgrounds, she left school at 15 to work and help support her family. With no qualifications beyond her school certificate, Faith struggled to earn enough to meet their needs.
“I come from a very humble background and we have issues with finances, everyone just has to buckle up and try to do things on their own. Everyone is a go getter,” Faith explains.
In early 2022, Faith quit her job and signed up to the Get Into programme – a decision she describes as “life-changing”.
The Prince’s Trust International programme, delivered in Nigeria with Field of Skills and Dreams VTE Academy, is an employer-led training programme that focuses on young people’s potential, not their qualifications.
After taking part in the programme, Faith immediately landed a job that trebled her income and transformed her prospects. As an events co-ordinator with a catering company, she now regularly leads teams of university graduates and is looking forward to starting management training at work.
“The programme was a prayer answered,” Faith explains. “It was a life-changing experience.”
Faith received her award from Edward Enninful OBE, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue and Global Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, who said:
“Through the support of Prince’s Trust International, Faith has been given the tools to succeed. Now making waves in her career, she is an inspiration to us all. As a Global Ambassador, it has been fantastic to see young people like Faith supported by The Trust through its work around the world”.
Amal Clooney Women’s Empowerment Winner 2023, Zamana
A vocal champion of girls’ education, Zamana launched a campaign to support and encourage girls to stay in school – building on the public speaking and communication skills that she developed over the course of the Enterprise Challenge programme. The Prince’s Trust International programme, delivered in East Africa with the Asante Africa Foundation, gives participants the chance to hone their entrepreneurship, communication and problem-solving skills while developing and pitching their own business ideas.
In Zamana’s home country of Tanzania, almost a third of girls are married by the time they turn 18. Within her community, as elsewhere, many girls drop out of school because of early marriage or pregnancy. Zamana’s campaign, ‘Allow Me To Study,’ focuses on influencing two main groups: schoolgirls and their parents. She initiates and leads conversations that stress that school-aged girls should not yet become wives and mothers, and should instead focus on completing their education.
Zamana received her award from Amal Clooney who said:
“If a girl is married off at 12, has four children by the time she is 18, and cannot go to school, what opportunities will she have to learn, and to work? What can she teach her daughter? These young girls are future scientists, prime ministers and CEOs – in their dreams – and they would be in the real world if they were given the chance. So we all miss out so long as they are held back.
“As a lawyer, I can work to change laws. But lasting change has to be led by people on the ground, in the community. Sometimes, these leaders can be found in girls as young as 16. Like Zamana, who we are honouring today.
“Zamana told me that one of the ways she convinces parents to let girls study is by showing them images of successful women – and I have no doubt that she will one day be among them”.
As well as advocating for girls’ right to an education, Zamana notes that educating girls benefits their entire community. In both her words and her actions, she is a role model and an inspiration. In future, Zamana hopes to start her own NGO to support girls and women.