Shannon’s Story

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Shannon Boles, Business & Administration Apprentice at Valley CIDS, was named Young Achiever of the Year at our annual awards for her inspirational transition during her time at Valley CIDS.

We recently visited Valley CIDS to hear Shannon’s story and to learn more about the work of Blend Youth Project in providing young people with support and opportunities.

Shannon shares her experience at Blend Youth Project: "I felt like it was a safe place for me to go and speak freely without being judged and where I could be listened to and get support… the staff at Blend gave me warmth and they were my shoulder to cry on."

Shannon concludes: “I’ve been attending Blend Youth Project for over three years now and without it I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. I recently won the Charity Bank Young Achiever Award and I feel like my life path would have been very different if I hadn’t walked through Blend Youth Project’s door. Blend offers much needed support to young people like me.”