Joshua Rose was on a downward spiral and had started drinking heavily - until the Prince’s Trust stepped in to help.
The 21-year-old, from Hemsworth, had endured the death of two grandparents, being made redundant, a relationship break-up and a close relative moving away.
But he turned his life around after a Think Family key worker referred him to the trust, which enrolled him on a Get into Streetscene course.
The programme, which helps disadvantaged young people find work, helped Mr Rose unearth a passion for horticulture and working outdoors.
At the end of the course, Mr Rose got an apprenticeship at Wakefield Council and he is now studying for a NVQ Level 1 in horticulture.
He was honoured at The Prince’s Trust and Samsung Celebrate Success Awards, finishing runner up in the Bayford Group Flying Start Award.
Mr Rose said: “I was in a really bad place for a long time. The Prince’s Trust gave me the chance to do something and feel part of life again.
“It was like the real me came out and showed what I could do. I felt as though I was going nowhere before getting support from The Prince’s Trust but now I’m really excited about the future.”
June Forsyth, from the Bayford Group, said: “I am delighted to see these young people, who have overcome various challenges to find work, recognised for their achievements.
They have taken the first steps on the path to turning their lives around for the better and we are passionate about helping them to achieve this.”