The National Younger Leadership Groups formed out of a partnership between the Archbishop of York Youth Trust and the Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership. Both organisations strategic plans currently have priorities focused on youth voice, developing student leadership and growing faith amongst young people. In connection with this, the Church of England’s new vision and strategy, led by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell, has a focus on ‘growing younger’, which makes regular consultation and engagement with children and young people for the future vision of the church an absolute necessity.
The groups help develop leadership skills and character virtues for young people through a year-long online leadership development programme, allowing them to be catalysts for positive change within their schools, communities, and churches. Additionally, young people are provided a platform to engage with, and contribute to, the strategic development of the Church of England.
Here are the reports for the first year of the National Younger Leadership Groups: