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Archbishop’s Youth Trust Expands Reach

Friday 25th September 2015

The Archbishop of York Youth Trust is delighted to announce two new appointments have been made for the positions of Strategic Lead for Secondary Awards and E-Learning Developer.


The Youth Trust is continuing to grow the Young Leaders Award (YLA) amongst schools and plans to focus its future grant making activity through schools, seeking to enable even more Youth Led volunteering action projects to take place in areas of need.

The Archbishop of York said: “I’m pleased with the progress that my Youth Trust is making in reaching more and more young people and communities through the Awards. When I visit schools involved in the programme I’m always delighted to see how the young people are growing in confidence, leadership and character. They are leaders, not of tomorrow but today!”

Elizabeth HowatMs Elizabeth Howat, appointed as Strategic Lead for Secondary Awards, said: “I am pleased to be joining the Youth Trust at such an exciting time. I am looking forward to supporting the Secondary Schools in the delivery of the Awards which are making a difference for so many individuals and for communities.”

Elizabeth, a Secondary School English teacher with previous responsibility for school literacy, has a passion for equipping and supporting young people with skills for the future.

Mr Jo Patton is appointed as E-Learning Developer to develop the YLA as an online resource for independent interactive youth-based learning.  Jo, a former lecturer in Animation, Games and Interactive Media, is skilled at making learning a fun experience.  The online resource will further enhance and support the teaching of the Award.

Jo said: “There are some amazing stories that have come from the community action projects already. I am looking forward to developing these online as extra resources and supporting the delivery of the Awards at all key stages”.

Jo PattonTo date the Youth Trust have enrolled over 280 Primary and Secondary schools to the Young Leaders Awards, empowering some 31,000 young people to put leadership into action and make a difference in other people’s lives through acts of service and community volunteering.

 For more information about the Awards, please visit or contact The Archbishop of York Youth Trust on 01904 231010 or email: [email protected]

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