The Archbishop of York presented 190 badges and certificates to Year 8 students from Manor CE Academy who have completed the Young Leaders Award run by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust yesterday evening.
Their work included community action projects such as a local bus project and litter picking, as well as fundraising cake sales and writing the Year 7 guidebooks. Dr John Sentamu said:
“It is a joy to hear about the work that these young people have done in this community. They are an inspiration to us all. This is just the start of the journey. Thousands of other students across the north of England will be graduating from the Young Leaders Award soon. I know that together these young people can set the example in changing our communities for the better. These young people have looked specifically at what they could do individually to serve others and bring hope to people’s lives”.
As part of the Young Leaders Award, the students researched and studied people of faith and how the influence of these individuals make the world a better place, as well as considering the role of charitable organisations today, making charity leaflets and posters themselves. Brian Crosby, the Principal of Manor Church of England Academy said:
“I have witnessed stunning work from boys and girls researching amazing individuals such as Elizabeth Fry and William Wilberforce. Through the Young Leaders Award, The Archbishop of York Youth Trust will impact every single student in the school and develop a generation of young people committed to making their communities fairer and better places to live.”
Luke Mulligan, one of the Year 8 students said:
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the Young Leaders Award and would recommend it to anyone. It’s benefited me greatly and has helped me to understand different people’s beliefs and opinions. The Award has also helped me to think about jobs in the future because it has taught me to stand up for what I believe in and has helped me think that I can do anything I set my mind to”.
The Young Leaders Award combines classroom learning, with practical projects focused on community action. It is an exciting course for secondary school students developed by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust. Available for schools and churches this resource will equip young people to be a force for good in their local community.