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Young people and democracy

 YMCA lecture The Archbishop believes that young people are not the leaders of tomorrow, they are the leaders of today.

It is important to encourage young people, but also listen to what they have to say.

 It is important young people are given the opportunity to play a key role within local communities and wider society.

 Before the last General Election, the Archbishop held a Forum at Bishopthorpe Palace in York, for young people to apply their Christian beliefs to political issues and draw up their own list of priorities to send to the new Prime Minister.

The Archbishop's Youth Councils

Archbishop's Youth CouncilAs Bishop for Birmingham and Stepney, the Archbishop was actively involved in Youth Councils. Today, as the National President of YMCA, and as President for Youth for Christ, the Archbishop firmly believes that young people have an important role in the structures and decision making of the Church. Plans for an Archbishop's Youth Council in the York Diocese are underway with the hope that young people from each deanery will have meetings with the Archbishop, advising him on issues in the diocese.

The Youth Council will also represent the young people in each deanery, impacting the way the diocese works and bringing issues which are important to young people in the deaneries to the Bishop and a higher level than local Churches.