The experience had made him feel depressed, lose his confidence and not want to leave the house.
He had fallen into a bad routine of staying up late playing video games until 4am as he had nothing to get up for in the morning.
The Job Centre referred Demetrius to the YES Project where he enrolled for the YES Team programme that started in January 2017.
At first, Demetrius was apprehensive about the programme as he doesn’t like group situations. However, he went along with an open mind.
The programme has helped Demetrius get his confidence back, make friends and become more sociable. From his experience, Demetrius would now like to pursue a career in youth work and help to inspire other young people.
Demetrius, aged 21 commented:
“YES Team gave me a purpose to get out the house. I’ve got my confidence back and I’m more sociable. I’d like a career in youth work.”
Demetrius is currently on work experience with the Princes Trust as an assistant to the Youth Co-ordinator on a Team 119 programme working with 16-25 year olds.