E18HTEEN works with four local borough councils and assigns each young person a full-time mentor, providing access to various qualifications and employment opportunities.
On their visit to the training ground, JD gave a Q&A to the group, some of whom he was meeting for the first time.
He also allowed the group to sit in on his interview with Geoff Shreeves from Sky Sports, which will be shown in the build-up to our live game with Swansea on Sunday.
During the interview, Geoff asked the young people about how E18HTEEN had helped change their lives, before asking Jermain what the project means to him.
“People come up to me all the time and tell me ‘great goal’ or ask me about a certain game we have won, and of course that’s great,” JD said.
“But when I hear these guys talk about how well they’re doing, getting jobs, going back to college or just generally being happy, it’s a special feeling.
“To think I have been a part of that in some way is very important to me and I always look forward to meeting the group and hearing what they have been up to.”
If you’re not at the game on Sunday, make sure you tune in to Sky Sports 1 from 1pm to see the full interview with Jermain – it’s one not to miss. For information on E18HTEEN, click here…
The striker is a positive role model and mentor to the group of 16-19 year olds, all of whom are, or have been, in care.