100 Schools and 10,000 Young People Take Up Archbishop’s Young Leaders Award. The Young Leaders Award, a school-based programme developed by The Archbishop of York Youth Trust, has reached a milestone of over 100 schools across the North of England taking up the Award. This now involves over 10,000 young people volunteering to serve others in their local communities.
The Archbishop of York Youth Trust launched the Young Leaders Award in September 2011 with Manor CE Academy, a local school, running both the Key Stage 3 and 4 Award options. The success of this quickly spread, with 40 secondary schools and academies taking up the Award within the first year.
Director of the Archbishop of York Youth Trust said:
“We added to this and launched the Key Stage 2 option in January 2012, to encourage the importance of active citizenship at an even younger age. This Key Stage 2 Award has already been picked up very quickly by Primary Schools and has helped the Youth Trust reach 100 schools altogether. We have worked really hard on the resources for this and I am so pleased with the responses we’ve had so far and the progress we are making”.
Jack Pendlebury, Principal of Enterprise South Liverpool Academy said:
“Our Young Leaders recently completed disability awareness workshops as a part of their community action project. Following this, the students spent a day with mentally and physically impaired adults, playing bowls, games and even taking Zumba classes. I was thrilled with the commendation we received from the social worker at the centre for the student’s work with these vulnerable adults”.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, said:
“It is fantastic that the Young Leaders Award has taken off in schools across the North of England and that it is already having a positive impact in local communities. Every one of the 10,000 young people involved is special and they can all make a difference and change our world for the better. I pray that they continue to lead by example and keep the message of serving others at the centre of all they do”.