Growing up as a young black child in children's homes and foster homes wasn't easy. My dad died when my mum was pregnant with me so I was initially given up for adoption. However, when I was 5 years old my mum had remarried and came to claim me back from my foster parents with my new step-father. Unfortunately, I was badly beaten and abused by my mum & step-father on several occasions and ran away from home a total of 24 times, sleeping rough in the forest, in the back of cars, and even breaking into my school at night for shelter, before finally being taken into care at age 10.
I was severely affected by my time in care where I witnessed suicide & violence and I left school without a single qualification to my name.
Needless to say, my life was full of drama, and I could only work for the likes of McDonalds and 7-11 and I often found myself hanging with the wrong crowd and in trouble with the police.
It wasn't until age 29 when I was robbed at gunpoint that I decided that I really needed to take responsibility for my future, educate myself against all odds, and show people with a similar background that it is possible to turn your life around no matter what your background, creed or colour.
Subsequently, I bought an IT book and spent 3 months teaching myself how to write software, before begging a company called DataStream in the city to let me work for free to gain experience.
Luckily they agreed to let me work for 6 months and even agreed to pay my travel costs.
I never looked back, and quite unbelievably, within 2 years I was earning up to £17,000 per month (yes, per month) as a Software Developer, Contracting for a finance company.
It's always been my biggest goal to use my experience and all that I've been through, which is much, much more that I've written here, in order to open an IT school for underprivileged youth from similar backgrounds to mine to give them a chance to turn their lives around too.
I hope you can help me fulfil this dream.