A year ago David Clayton thought he had no prospects.
He'd lost his job at a shed-making factory and got knocked back from almost every job he'd applied for.
He was one of the statistics. A growing number of young people that the Prince's Trust says feels unable to cope with life.
But after months of looking for work and being unsuccessful David decided to take control.
A phone call to the charity got the wheels in motion and, after they loaned him some money and provided a business mentor to support him, he now runs his own shed-making business.
Today Northern Garden Sheds is thriving, boasting orders until March and already looking to expand.
David hopes his story will prove an inspiration to the one in 10 young people in the North East the Trust says can't cope with day-to-day life.
It's annual Youth Index survey reveals that young people not in employment, education or training are more likely to feel unable to cope.
Watch David's story here: