Toni Salinger, former Manchester Young Lives student

My name is Toni and I was lucky enough to get involved with the MYL at the age of 14. I was in year 10 and on a slippery slope to failing my GCSE’s which would have made my career prospects very limited.

When I first attended the Youth Education Project , it was clear from the outset that there was a real focus from the staff on making me feel relaxed and comfortable to open my mind to my true potential and realise that there was a path to employment that I could follow!

With this focus came confidence and an inner drive to make a better life for myself with the help of MYL. MYL is unique because of the people involved and the practical, accessible locations made available to attend the projects. There is a clear passion from all the team involved and I could not have asked for better advice and help to get me on the road to employment.

MYL has a very positive influence on local communities by giving young people like myself another way, another direction, and the opportunity to talk to other local people who may be seeking help with their lives and education. I myself heard about MYL through a friend who had also received help through their projects.

If MYL wasn’t available for me as a child I believe that I would not be in the position I am in today!

I am now in my 9th year at Chariot Office Supplies where I have further developed my skills, abilities and confidence to become a key member of the team. I am also now a very proud mum and home-owner and MYL has given me the desire to provide my own family with the support and guidance to ensure they don’t need rescuing as I did.

Thank you again for your great work and I wish you all the best with continuing to “provide another way for the youth of today!”