The Archbishop of York has praised the success of his Young Leaders Award days after the first students completed their Awards. Over the last 10 months the Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award has gone from strength to strength in schools across the North of England with 35 secondary schools now signed up to the Awards and around 4000 young people taking part. The Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust Director said:
“I am delighted the word has quickly spread about the Young Leaders Award, we’ve had such an amazing response. Earlier this year, our team visited a number of schools across the North West involved in the Awards. We spoke with many staff and students to get their views. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive with one young person saying ‘it’s amazing, - when are we doing it again!’”
The Young Leaders Award was officially launched in September 2011 and around 460 students have completed the Key Stage 3 Award this year. Dr Sentamu said:
“These young people are doing amazing things to change their community. We’ve seen them running charity events, taking part in sponsored walks, runs, bike rides and swims, working with asylum seekers and refugees, joining search and rescue parties, doing community litter picks, caring for the elderly and mentoring younger students in school. It’s been incredible! The more young people taking part in the Young Leaders Award and being the change they want to see, the bigger the positive impact we’ll see across communities in the north of England.”
Katy Sandham, Assistant Director of Humanities with Faith at St Anne’s Academy in Manchester, said:
“The Award has been helping us to hit our citizenship targets through the community projects which is great. The students are developing openness to other people, more cultural awareness and a desire to serve. It’s making them aware of what is going on in the world.”
The Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust is planning to host a further Headteacher’s Conference in the autumn term for hundreds of schools at Manor Church of England Academy, York.