Keenene met Misha at our Bradford centre in 2013 when they both took part in the National Citizen Service.
Having graduated from the programme together, they continued to meet at the Bradford centre with the rest of the group and their relationship grew from there. In 2016, Misha became pregnant with their son Casen and they are expecting their second baby very soon. As a couple they are thoughtful and committed parents, and they've now just bought their first home together.
Keenene recently proposed to Misha on a surprise trip to our Ambleside centre in the Lake District. He'd been to Brathay Hall before on residentials as part of our youth programmes and knew exactly the romantic spot on the edge of lake Winderemere that he was looking for to ask that all-important question. Afterwards, he said he chose to propose in the grounds at Brathay because the place was full of happy memories for him and it was where he felt most at home.
It's a lovely story and one that goes to show the long-term positive impact that our programmes can have on young people's lives. Keenene had been his mother's main carer from as young as eight and was placed in full-time care by age 13. He first came to us in Bradford on our Going Places programme at a time when he was unhappy, lonely, angry and at odds with the world. Since then he has found his inner resilience and confidence and is now working as a Residential Support Worker in crisis and intervention.