A former homeless drug user from Queen's Park is celebrating after picking up an award for turning his life around.
Jermain Noon, of First Avenue, was given the award by The National Black Boys Can Assocation, an organisation which promotes achievement among young black boys and men.
The 19-year-old used to get in trouble with the police for fighting and taking drugs, he became homeless at the age of 14 and was excluded from the former North Westminster Community School in Oakington Road, North Paddington.
Now he has transformed his life by passing his driving test, finding a home in Queen's Park with his girlfriend and getting a job as a gas engineer.
Mr Noon said: "My mum was raising six children, and it was hard to find money when I wanted to get new trainers or clothes, so I started selling drugs and got into a life of crime. I've come a long way since then, I've completely turned my life around.
"The moment that made me want to change was when I was 16, and I was on remand after assaulting two police officers. It made me think 'do I really want to going down this road?'."
He was helped by Just for Kids Law, an organisation based in Harrow Road, North Paddington, which stops young people becoming involved crime and gives advice on employment and training.
Mr Noon added: "I'm really happy with myself now. I think this award is the first one I've ever got in my life. Just for Kids Law really helped me, and without them I'd be dead or in prison. I want to set a good example for my little brother."
Shauneen Lambe, of Just for Kids Law, which nominated Mr Noon for the award, said: "When kids come by and see Jermain in his uniform, they aspire to getting a job and having an income like him. He's an inspiration."