European Social Fund Award

Katie Crisp

2015 National Winner

When Katie became a teenage mother, she thought she had come to the end of her education, with no chance for a rewarding career in the future. But thanks to a local Traineeship, her life is back on track and she is well on her way to achieving her dream job.

Shortly after the birth of her child, Katie decided to enrol in a 12 week Traineeship in Community Development with Cornwall Neighbourhoods for Change (CN4C). She was inspired by her youth worker to take an interest in community work.

Katie managed to juggle a number of qualifications with being a mum and continued to learn, next taking an HE taster programme in Community Development which is part of the European Social Fund Raising Aspirations project. In August 2014 she got a place on the Access to Social Sciences course at Cornwall College and has also been successful with her application to study the FdSc Community Studies at Truro College which will start in September 2015.

This means that Katie is on course to earn her BSc Hons and her dream of becoming a youth worker is looking like a real possibility.

Katie’s nominator, Laura Morrison, the programme coordinator at CN4C said of Katie: “She is a fantastic example to young people and with her determination to achieve, she will no doubt succeed.”

Katie said: “I am very proud of myself for achieving so much, only at the age of 19 and all before my daughter turned one. Thanks to my education I have been given the chance to get back on my feet and keep achieving.”