Having been committed to transforming young lives for more than 40 years, The Prince's Trust has helped over 870,000 vulnerable young people into work, education and training - and this year the charity has launched a unique digital learning platform to help even more young people achieve greatness. 

Whether they're leaving the care system, overcoming illness, struggling to find work or at risk of exclusion from school, The Trust sees their hidden potential - and wants to harness this even further to make a big difference. That's why the charity is empowering thousands more young people across the UK who are desperate to take control of their futures, particularly those who cannot access face-to-face courses, by putting digital learning at the heart of its delivery.

Shiarna's experience

One person who has enrolled on The Trust's free online business course is 20-year-old Shiarna Crawford from Kent. She reveals how this form of studying has turned her life around.

"I was going through a bit of a bad patch last year, having experienced mental health issues since I was a teenager, which were made worse when my parents split up," says Shiarna, who has ADHD, dyslexia and dyscalculia, plus an emotionally unstable personality disorder. 

As a result, she had to drop out of college and, later, an apprenticeship, in order to cope. The medication she was taking did little to help her. 

After discussing a business idea of opening a 'lifeline café for young people' with her neighbour, Shiarna signed up to Prince's Trust Online - a free learning platform to help budding entrepreneurs and develop young people's employability skills. 

"Learning online takes away the anxiety of getting on buses and then travelling a long way to college. With Prince's Trust Online, working from the comfort of my home means I don't have to leave the house and therefore I don't get anxious."

Shiarna now has a stable support system in place and she's passionate about supporting others in similar situations. She's even working with her local MP to campaign for better mental health services, which ties in with her idea of a lifeline café. 

"The café will be a safe place to learn, connect, support and protect people," says Shiarna.

"Thanks to The Prince's Trust, I now know how to network, how to talk to people and how to get myself out there. The Trust has changed my life."

How can Princes Trust Online help me?

Prince's Trust Online allows 18 to 30-year-olds to learn at their own pace, while giving them the tools they need to become their own boss or boost their interview and CV skills. 

What's more, this one-stop shop of guidance, advice and top tips comes with e-mentor support to help young people on their journey to ensure they're never on their own. With someone in their corner who wants to help them succeed, there's no telling what they can go on to achieve. 

So, no more waiting. Young people can now change their lives instantly by learning online. Whether they've got five minutes before their bus arrives, or they're in for a comfortable five-hour journey, with Prince's Trust Online they're always one step closer to success. 

Prince's Trust Online is supported by founding patrons NatWest and Nominet and content sponsor L'Oréal Paris. 

Take the first step by clicking here or calling 0800 842 842 

Alternatively, if you'd like to explore options to become an e-mentor to help a young person reach their goals, and improve your own employability skills, Click here


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