Welcome Note by H.E. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta.

It gives me deep satisfaction to see one of my dreams, come into fruition. This is the establishment of an entity that will inspire and support young people in our society, to build a positive life for themselves. The President’s Trust is precisely the entity that will create initiatives that give vulnerable young people the skills and confidence to overcome barriers in their lives.

Since the beginning, this Presidency has endeavoured to seek the wellbeing of all people in our society, including those living in poverty or social exclusion. With this aim in mind, we have established a number of fora that together create harmonization in the chain of structures and initiatives towards making social inclusion a reality.

The President's Trust will support young people who are marginalized, excluded from society, without education and without work, or no job prospects, those that had a brush with justice, towards a pathway that can lead for a decent, better life with dignity.

It is precisely this reason why the President's Trust was established, to empower people who, due to their life circumstances, or because of decisions taken, are now experiencing a difficult life, are unemployed, marginalized or at risk of poverty. It is also the intention of the President's Trust to help people with problems of mental health, or who have brushed with the law by providing practical and financial assistance for them to take the first step.

I am proud that we have created a structure that can give support to young people, and empower them to gradually change their lives, and live full, satisfying lives, and to aim for a brighter future. After all, when we invest in our young people, we are investing in the future of our country. The President’s Trust will be helping to break the cycle of poverty, the cycle of social benefits, and the cycle of crime.

Finally, I sincerely hope that more and more young people will enjoy the fruits of the initiatives that the Trust will facilitate, in order to succeed in life and to fulfil their dreams and aspirations.