Archbishop of York Youth Trust

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, founded The Youth Trust in 2009 when he announced his vision to empower a new generation of young leaders. These young people would be the change needed in our schools and communities.

The Young Leaders Award, an active citizenship and character education programme for all schools, provides teachers with a framework of lessons and materials. They use these to build upon key themes of leadership, faith, and character development, with activities and challenges that encourage youth-led volunteering and positive social action.

At the end of the programme schools are encouraged to hold an awards ceremony, often inviting local dignitaries, bishops and members of the community to celebrate the students' achievements.

Through the Young Leaders Award, the trust has managed to reach 63,000 young people across the North of England so far. Allchurches Trust have awarded a grant of over half a million to the Youth Trust for the next three years to enable them to expand this work to schools across the whole country.

Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer for the Church of England said:

At the heart of the Church of England’s vision for education is the message given in Jesus of ‘life in all its fullness’. The Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders Award is already enabling hundreds of schools to educate for wisdom, hope, community and respect, and I’m delighted that the Youth Trust seeks to make the awards available nationally, reaching out with Good News to some of the most vulnerable in our society”.