Feature Category – Resilience

The Resilience Award recognises young people who are in care / care leavers as an acknowledgement of their abilities to overcome challenges and go on to achieve beyond their (and other people’s) expectations.

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Shantel Morris was our first Resilience Award winner in 2014.

“I have faced storms and rainy days, my path has been a long journey which is no where near ending. I’ve lived with so many different people who didn’t treat me as if I was human. I’ve been mixed up with gangs, violence, drugs – all the wrong things. My saying is “Be strong now, because things will get better. It might be stormy now but it can’t rain forever.

…at the moment I’m doing an apprenticeship in professional cookery and one day I will have my own restaurant. I am grateful for every breath I take and I wouldn’t change my life for anything.” – Shantel Morris, BYA Resilience Award winner 2014