Cameron Twyford fullfilled his life long dream when he joined the army.
But after being discharged with a blood clot just 18 months later his hopes were dashed.
Despite the fall, 18-year-old Cameron picked himself back up and started peer monitoring at his local youth club, where he always loved spending his time.
And he has now been nominated for a Notts County Council 4Uth Award for all the effort he puts in to helping others.
Andy Allsop, an Eastwood youth worker who nominated him, said: “Cameron got discharged from the army and this was a big loss to him. But he picked himself back up.
“He asked if he could be a senior member helper at the centre and he’s doing really well at it.
“I have also been informed that he volunteered for a peer monitoring scheme in the local school as well.
Cameron has attended the youth centre for several years, and always visited staff and friends when he was on leave from the army.
His nan, Jackie Twyford, said he put his heart and sole into everything he did.
She said: “It’s so well deserved. He puts his heart and sole into everything he does.
“He lived for the army. He used to be in the army cadets so he helps out with them in Eastwood now as well.”
And his grandad, Terry Twyford, said he was pleased the youth centre work was ‘keeping him in the right direction’.
Cameron, of Fyrar Road, works with people aged eight to 14 and says teaching youngsters respect is a good way to help them overcome their problems.
Councillor Liz Plant, committee vice-chairman for children and young people’s services at the council said: “Cameron is a role model for young people and the youth service is providing a solid platform for his future. A deservinig nominee.”