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Business Leaders Being Called Upon to Back Youth Trust Appeal

27/09/2017 Archived
Supporting young people to be the change they want to see is the message behind the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust, who are calling upon business leaders to back its fundraising appeal. The goal is to raise £375,000 towards extending its leadership courses for young people living in the top 20% of the most deprived areas in the North. Barry Dodd CBE, Chair of York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership said, “It is a no brainer for businesses and community leaders to get behind this important fundraising initiative. We need to support a generation of children and young people not only to make a difference in their communities today, but also for when they leave school. Background and social class are still predictors of life success. Developing strong leaders can help narrow the social class divide and create a kinder and more resilient generation.” Developed by the Youth Trust, the Young Leaders Awards are designed to boost confidence, emotional resilience and life skills, whilst learning about inspirational global leaders such as Mahatma Ghandi, whose famous phrase, “be the change you want to see” is a core value of the charity. The awards educate young people about community, respect and developing a greater understanding of self and others by encouraging youth-led volunteering and positive social action. The Archbishop of York said, “Never before has it been so important for our young people, regardless of their background or faith, to discover the life skills of compassion, patience, self-control, gentleness and leadership. The Youth Trust is helping to raise a generation motivated by such virtues. Young people are the answer and have the potential to change our world for the better.” Dan Finn, Director of The Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust said, “We want our Young Leaders Awards to reach more children, particularly those with challenging backgrounds for whom, we believe, our Young Leaders Award will make a real difference. It costs just £25 to support a pupil through the leadership programme. We are calling on the general public, business leaders and organisations to back our fundraising appeal to help us raise £375,000.”   If you would like to support young people to be the change they want to see, you can lend your support and donate at

About the Awards

The Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust charity has supported over 50,000 pupils in 450 schools to complete the Young Leaders Award at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4 since 2008. The new £375,000 target aims to reach out to an additional 15,000 young people living in disadvantaged communities in 300 primary and secondary schools within the next 18 months. Professor Andrew Parker, University of Gloucestershire, said, “Research clearly demonstrates the benefits of the Young Leaders Award both for the young people who take part and for their schools and communities. Survey and focus group data from over 200 participants highlights the value of the Award in terms of personal, social and educational development and shows the positive impact that social action initiatives can have on young people’s lives. Interviews with teachers also revealed the numerous benefits which the YLA offers in terms of pupil confidence, resilience and self-awareness and the potential of the Award to enthuse disengaged learners.” Bear Grylls, supporter of the Archbishop of York’s Youth Trust said, “I’m very proud to support the Archbishop’s work in schools. With the heart and spirit of the Youth Trust’s Young Leaders Award, young people thrive and that is always incredible to see.”  
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