IF young people are looking for a role model they can believe in then one has to be Dominic Mills.
He admits he had drifted from truancy into a life of crime and ended up being jailed for two years for what he describes as “a very nasty street robbery.’’
But while the easy option would have been to carry on down a criminal lifestyle, he made the tough decision to break with his past in Deighton and Fartown and totally turn his life around.
He is now involved in the Prince’s Trust and is hoping to take a leading role in a creative project aimed at young people. He has written a film script about his life to highlight the problems with gang culture and has also studied music and video skills.
And he has spoken frankly about all the missed opportunities in those early years of his life in a bid to make other youngsters see the light and never waste a chance in life.
Dominic is now 26 and the father of a 20-month-old daughter.
And tonight his story his profiled on ITV’s Fixers at 6pm when Dominic gets advice on how to turn his creativity into reality.
It just shows what can be done through sheer determination, self-discipline and inner strength to break free from a bad lifestyle and forge a new one.
Let’s hope he is seen as an inspiration by youngsters in Huddersfield who lack role models giving them a positive outlook on life.