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Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf MSP Celebrates the impact of Prince’s Trust Development Awards have had on young people’s lives

22nd March 2019
  • Of the 2000 plus young people who have received a Development Award, we estimate that around 81% have reported an increase their confidence, 77% have reported an increase in their skills and 81% have reported an increase in their general wellbeing

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf MSP, joined young people in Glasgow yesterday (Wednesday, 20th March) to see and hear how The Prince’s Trust Scotland Development Awards has provided over £500,000 of funding for more than 2,000 young people in the last two years.

The Development Awards, supported by Scottish Government CashBack for Communities fund, are facilitated by Prince’s Trust Scotland to help those aged 11-24 who are unable to access education, employment or training opportunities because of financial barriers which hold them back.

The Awards are a small but essential financial intervention that help those who cannot access education, employment or training because of a financial barrier that prevents them gaining the resources or skills they need to succeed. The Awards can be used to help fund course fees, transport, equipment, interview clothes, license fees or childcare.

The event held at The Prince’s Trust’s Wolfson Centre in Glasgow allowed Humza Yousaf MSP to learn more about the funding and how it has been used to benefit young people’s lives.

Mr Yousaf met a range of young people with ventures including Sweet & Petite, a cake business, Fubzo, a specialist paper folding business and school projects including baristas, nail bars, bike repair and cyber security.

The Prince’s Trust Scotland has delivered over 950 Development Awards, with 77% of recipients reporting a positive change in their behaviour as a result of a Development award.

This takes steps towards tackling the issue that 60% of young people feel social media is creating an ‘overwhelming pressure’ on them to succeed, according to the most recent Prince’s Trust Youth Index.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf MSP added: “The Prince’s Trust Development Awards provide vital support to young people and help remove the financial barriers that some may face in accessing education, employment and training.

“It was great to see so many confident, young people taking an active part in the events today. I am proud of Cashback for Communities – a programme that uses the ill-gotten gains of criminals to create safer communities by encouraging young people into positive activities.”

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