A Reading Fixer is encouraging young people to find positive role models to inspire them to achieve their ambitions.
Twenty-two-year-old Oscar Manjengwa says seeking out someone to look up to helped him turn his life around.
His story was broadcast on ITV News Meridian (W) on Thursday 6th February.
‘I was excluded from school multiple times when I was younger,’ Oscar says.
‘Within the group I was in, and within the world I was in, it was the more you go against authority, the better you look in front of your peers.
‘I ended up finding myself in situations which normally involved running away from the police.'
After asking for direction from businessman and mentor, Keith Seville, Oscar set up the organisation, Always Showing Talent.
Its purpose is to engage young people in positive activities such as sport.
Now, with Fixers, he’s helping to create a film to show to other young people who are lacking a role model.
It’ll feature a young boxer, Tamuka Muchapondwa, and will demonstrate how he’s using his talent to do positive things.
‘When I was younger I was overweight and I grew up in an area where there was a lot of drug and gang activity,’ explains Tamuka, who appears in the broadcast piece.
‘The thing that helped me focus was boxing.
‘I think young people should find the thing that’s for them – it might be film-making, education or tennis.
‘They should find a person they look up to and try and follow in their footsteps.’
Oscar adds: ‘I really hope a lot of young people will be inspired by the video to start doing positive things with their lives.’