First Broadcast: 8PM Sun 28 April 2013

Gok Wan teams up with Kids Company, who offer young people from disadvantaged backgrounds emotional, educational and practical support.

Kids Company works with 36,000 children and young people, 84% of whom have experienced homelessness.

Gok is shocked to see the reality of daily life for some Kids Company students, from living in squalid conditions, to parents being murdered, and finding themselves homeless at a young age.

Getting work for young people is extremely tough in the current climate but Kids Company believe they have a solution that combines training with their own brand of unique support: a pioneering course aimed at getting some of the most challenging young people into work.

Gok's successful career belies his difficult and troubled teenage years growing up struggling with his weight, experiencing bullying and getting involved in anti-social behaviour.

The charity's founder Camila Batmanghelidjh tasks him with teaching a crash course in fashion to inspire the young people, while Kids Company deal with the students' major behavioural issues.

Alongside Kids Company key workers, Gok has a week to teach the trainees self-discipline and skills for the workplace while creating a range of T-shirts as a pilot social enterprise.

Trainees like these struggle to get work as their behaviour could see them being kicked off normal training.

Getting them to even show up on the first day is tough and Gok isn't prepared for some explosive clashes that follow, as their project hangs in the balance.

With the Big Lottery Fund secretly monitoring their progress, Gok is praying the team can pull together and help prove, unknowingly, that their enterprise is worth £2m of Lottery funding.

Background:

In 2011, Channel 4 teamed up with the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) to ask the nation to decide which five themes were their priorities for funding during the current financial climate. The results were used by BIG to decide which five exciting and innovative projects across the UK should get a total of £10 million of Lottery money.

In The Secret Millions (March-April 2013), Channel 4 has joined forces with BIG in the Channel's largest ever TV giveaway: £10 million has been made available to back these radical ideas tackling some of Britain's big issues. The series follows five Channel 4 faces as they work with charities on the frontline developing innovative and ground-breaking projects that could have profound, positive effects for those in need, while secretly trying to help secure £2 million of Lottery money that could turn the big idea into reality.

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Channel 4 joins forces with the Big Lottery Fund to make £10 million available for radical ideas tackling some of Britain's big social issues