Imani had an unstable childhood. She spent time in and out of the care system and eventually faced homelessness. She had dreams of escaping the uncertainty and gaining independence. EYH helped her achieve it.

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Growing up, I’d say my home life was very unstable. To be honest, I didn’t have much of a ‘home life’ at all. I spent lots of time in and out of the care system and faced homelessness more than once. However, I felt strongly that I didn’t want this to be my whole life. I wanted to get a job so that I could put those years of uncertainly behind me.

Someone told me that End Youth Homelessness helps young people like me who lack qualifications and don’t know where to start.

At my EYH charity, I was paired with a Jobs Coach Hayley, who really helped me figure things out.

We talked about my options, and Hayley helped me realise that what I really wanted to do was help young people like myself...

...a career in the youth work sector would be perfect.

Hayley and other charity staff started supporting me to take the first steps towards this dream.

They helped me with job applications, advising on how to bring out the best of myself and increase my chances of success. I’d never had a CV before so this was a huge help. I also had interview prep sessions with Hayley, which included mock interview sessions and giving me feedback.

Shortly after, I was invited to interview for a youth worker role. I was so nervous but all the advice I got from Hayley came flooding back to me.  I couldn’t believe it when I got the call offering her the job. 

I am starting my  trainee youth worker role this year. I am so excited about the future that lies ahead.


Help us support more young people like Imani by donating to our Employability Fund here.