Gang leader to graduate: Nequela Whittaker’s tale of resilience
Nequela Whittaker was once a gang leader in south London.
At 17 she was sentenced to four years in a Scottish prison. She was released aged 20 and has turned her life around.
Nequela now has a degree, and works at a youth club with young people in danger of getting into trouble.
She explains how resilience has helped her get through the challenges in her life.
Nequela is a guest on the Woman's Hour New Year's Day programme. You can listen to it via BBC Sounds or the Woman's Hour website.