The Archbishop of York 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.