Pushing the right buttons
As a talented young dancer and choreographer, Ricky McCalla had a promising career ahead of him.
He was in demand from some of the biggest names in the music industry having a starred alongside stars including Ashanti and Mystique.
But his dreams were shattered after he was shot during a bungled car jacking as he drove home late at night from his sister’s fashion show.
He was rushed to hospital and underwent surgery, but doctors had to leave the bullet embedded in his neck. The shooting left him partially disabled.
But far from letting the situation defeat him, he decided he wanted to turn what happened to him into something positive by becoming a mentor to young people at risk of getting involved in the sort of the crime that devastated his own life.
His mum suggested he put his skills and experience to use with help from the Prince’s Trust. Just three months after the shooting, he devised a business plan for a music training project designed to help violent teenagers escape a life on the streets.
More than 300 teenagers have now completed Ricky’s course since he started it in 2006.
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