NYASHA DURIE, 18. I'm A StoryTeller short story Mentorship.
"I've struggled with anxiety and suffered from depression but survived those days when I felt irreparably broken. Writing has truly been a refuge for me; it means the world to have people believe in something I've loved doing for so long.
YOUYOU Mentoring has helped me immensely in my development as a writer by giving me much-needed confidence in my potential. A dream of mine has actually started coming true.
There's a different, better energy of purpose infused into my creative literary pursuits. What's more, as a result of I'm A StoryTeller I have produced my first short story and have won a place on award-winning Producer, Kathleen Beedles Storylining Continuing Drama Programme famed for her scripts on BBC One Eastenders and ITV Emmerdale.
This amazing opportunity wouldn't have happened without YOUYOU Mentoring, my mentor author Laura Dockrill and actress Laura Pradelska believing in my talent."
GEORGE MUIGUA, 18, CLOSE UP Photography Mentorship
" YOUYOU has been a life-line for me to focus my interest in photography and film. I've learn't so much from my Mentor, Richard Bailey. Its been an amazing privilege to photograph so many famous people for the Close-Up exhibition. It's been a dream come true to see my work on display at a top London gallery. This has opened the door for me and given me a brighter future." George Muigua
Since the age of 16, George has lived in a care home in the London Borough of Brent.
George has a passion for photography and film and with the help from his mother and care workers, led him to YOUYOU Mentoring who has helped to improve his life chances and opportunities and away from youth gangs.
George was mentored by the award-winner photographer Richard Bailey, learning about and taking part in professional shoots.
George celebrated the first exhibition of his work alongside nine other budding photographers as part of the Close Up Exhibition at the prestigious Strand Gallery.
Among George’s featured work were portraits of Louis Theroux, Glenda Jackson and the artist Gavin Turk.
Since taking part in the mentorship George secured a place at media college and has been gaining training and work experience with leading film companies.
"YOUYOU Mentoring has been amazing. They believed in me and helped me to build confidence, learn from top fashion stylists create a unique portfolio of work and opened the doors for me to experience new opportunities."
Having left school at 17, Emily moved to London from Milton Keynes to pursue her dream of a career in fashion. Since then she has undertaken unpaid internships with designers and stylists – doing bar work to pay the bills.
Emily is one of three young aspirant fashion stylists to have been mentored by TV style and brand expert Nick Ede. With Nick’s guidance and support, she styled her first celebrity outfit for Dan Gillespie-Sells, frontman with acclaimed UK pop-rock band The Feeling. She is now freelancing as a professional fashion stylist on shoots with pop sensation Rihanna.