The Archbishop of York Youth Trust


The Archbishop of York Youth Trust... a charity based in the north of England which began its life in 2008 when The Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu announced his vision that rather than being part of the problem facing some of our communities today, young people were actually the answer.   

We at the Youth Trust believe in Young People and that they have the potential to change our world for the better.  However, doing so in the current climate is incredibly difficult for them. Not only are there over 1 million young people not in Employment, Education or Training, that’s 15% of the youth population in the UK, but so often the public perception of young people is that they are the problem in our society and not the solution. Furthermore, our current economic and social climate only serves to make this worse with budgets cut for youth services and a worrying breakdown of community.

As a charity we exist to help resolve these issues through;

REACHING out to young people

ENGAGING with young people and

EMPOWERING them to be the change they want to see.

We do this through;

AWARDS – which to date have empowered some 73,000 young people in over 600 schools to serve in their local communities

GRANT MAKING PROGRAMME – This so far has seen us give over £100k to approaching 30 youth projects in some of the most deprived areas of the north of England

ADVOCACY – through our testimonials, good news stories and interaction with all levels of media, we are helping to raise the profile of young people in our society and challenge the many wrong perceptions.

As a result of Reaching, Engaging and Empowering young people through all aspects of our work, we are enabling them to become independent and responsible individuals who not only set an example for others to follow, but also participate more fully in society and realise the value of serving others and ‘being the change you want to see’. 

Our vision is to help young people to Be the Change They Want to See by empowering them to serve their local communities and make a difference.  

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