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Young people

Youth Forum at BishopthorpeOne of the Archbishop’s key areas of focus is supporting and encouraging young people in England.

 The Archbishop has often spoken about how young people are not the leaders of tomorrow, they are the leaders of today – and that young people should be taking an active role in society and decision making processes. The Archbishop also wants young people to have a greater input in the running of the Church.


In 2009 the Archbishop launched his own Youth Trust, helping young leaders across the North of England in the work they are doing within local communities. The year before, 2008, the Archbishop had a new Academy named after him in Hull – and he is committed to ensuring young people get the best education possible, no matter where they live or how much their family income is.


Throughout his life in England the Archbishop has been outspoken on issues concerning gun and knife crime and the debilitating affect of gangs. He has also expressed concerns about the damaging effect of celebrity culture on self esteem.