Sephton’s Story

This article appears in the March issue of our International Corporate Structures Newsletter.

LCN Legal has pledged to donate US$1,000 to youth work charity XLP for every qualifying instruction in 2017 (see for details). Here’s an inspiring personal account from Sephton Henry, one of the young people XLP has helped.

When it comes to anger, anger is like a driving force to hide the emotions that you are actually going through. I got rejected and rejection is a pain, so I put up these walls and anger in the forefront of it all. I wanted people to fear me so they couldn’t really see me. So my anger was a lie.

I ran away from home when I was young. I was angry with everybody. I used to sleep on kitchen floors. The older guys would come and kick me in the head to wake me up. They would give me a fiver to take something and give it to other men. I didn’t know what it was until later on when I saw a man ‘OD’ing on the floor. I realised that was the stuff that I was giving to those men. I didn’t know how to get out of the situation – I just knew that I didn’t want to be in it. I started defending myself. By the age of 13 I started a gang. I have been in jail seven times. The second time was when the violence and anger got worse. There wasn’t one person I could have turned to and seen hope.

I remember sitting on a wall, and I saw this van. I thought to myself, what? The windows were blacked out and it looked weird. What was it doing on the estate? And then I walked over to the van and Ethan (X Mobile Project Manager with XLP) opened the door – I looked in and realised it was a recording studio in the van. I was shocked. I asked him “Can I use it?” and he said “Yeah!”. Then I was even more shocked.

I would do my lyrics. Ethan would always compliment me. It was just really good to escape from my other life. We stayed in contact, even though I was hard work. There were many times I was shouting on the phone saying that I wanted to hurt somebody and Ethan was able to calm me down. It’s funny because no one could calm me down but somehow he always did.

I took steps from what Ethan said. Started changing small things and the small things that I changed made a big difference. I remember coming out of the police station one day, and I prayed a prayer. I said “I believe that you came to die for my sins. I need forgiveness for the things that I’ve done. And I promise you that I’ll make something of my life; I’ll change it around.I’ll live my life for you.”

XLP saw my potential. They asked me to start mentoring other youth. They accepted me and now that’s who I am. I am a mentor and I train government staff to help them understand street culture.

I have become more than what I ever expected. XLP helped make it possible. All that anybody really needs is help and understanding – then they are good to go.

Sephton Henry
XLP Mentor

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