Villa's long-standing relationship with the Prince's Trust has been boosted with Ciaran Clark becoming an ambassador for the charity.
The Republic of Ireland international was on hand at a Prince's Trust awards night at Villa Park to hear some of the inspiring stories of young people involved in one of the charity's projects.
The Trust is the UK's leading youth charity which helps young people overcome barriers to achieve success in education, skills, development, employment, enterprise and community.
Clark met students from the Team 68 community project which is run in conjunction with Birmingham Metropolitan College and helps young adults develop the team-building and communication skills that will enable them to seek employment or higher education.
As part of their 12-week personal development programme, the students have been working at Grove Vale Primary School in Great Barr, creating a mural which can be used for educational purposes.
"It is so exciting to have Ciaran here," said Tracy Boxley from the Trust.
"The fact we can have someone in a position such as Ciaran's shows young people there is a career path for them within the world and the Princes Trust.
"Aston Villa have been supporting us for 10 years now with match tickets, stadium tours and community venues."
Clark added: "I feel very privileged to be part of this and it is very good to see these young people come in and tell their stories, explain what they have been doing and how they are getting on.
"To hear their stories is fantastic and I hope to hear many more.
"To see the smile on their faces and that they are enjoying what they are doing is fantastic."
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