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Artha

I am known as Artha. I first heard about ignite through the Youth Employment Programme Manager in Harrow. She told me about the great opportunities which you can have at Ignite. They were running a project called x16 to help young people learn skills that will help them into employment. The youth workers there did an assessment and I was told I lacked social skills but I had great confidence and they told me about my potential and helped me think about my future.   While at Ignite I met a youth employment worker called Darlington Mutsekwa. He became my coach and mentor.  I also met other great people there, including  Kerry Gilbert (ex-arsenal football player).   Ignite helped me get into sports such as boxing, football. After the x16 course ended I stayed involved with Ignite and they helped me get through tough times such family problems, involvement with the police and hospitalisation. Darlington was motivational and inspiring and if It wasn't for Ignite I wouldn't be in employment and planning for my future.  Now I want to help other young people so I'm applying for prison listening volunteer scheme.