Young Leaders Award goes national thanks to Allchurches grant

An exciting new partnership between Allchurches Trust and The Archbishop of York Youth Trust will enable the work of the Young Leaders Award to expand nationally.

The Youth Trust was founded by Dr John Sentamu in 2009. Through the Young Leaders Award - an active citizenship and character education programme for all schools - the Youth Trust have so far reached over 63,000 young people in 550 primary and secondary schools across the North of England; helping them to grow in confidence and building their leadership skills to make a difference in local communities and beyond.

Allchurches has 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, announced the new partnership at the House of Bishops meeting on May 21, 2018.

Michael Arlington, trustee of Allchurches Trust, said: “This is a fantastic project making a positive difference to the lives of young people, giving them the skills and confidence they need to be a force for good within their communities.”

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu said:

“I am always impressed by young people who are doing this Award, by their creativity and willingness to serve and volunteer.  I regularly hear from them about their youth social action in care homes, in renovation projects, in caring for the homeless, in community litter-picks and in raising money for many charities.  It is thanks to Allchurches Trust that we are now able to reach even more young people, in both the north and the south!”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby said:

“It will be of huge benefit to see the Young Leaders Award rolled out across the country, enabling young people to grow in confidence and vision, and equipping them to make a difference for the Common Good in their local communities and beyond.”