The Archbishop of York Youth Trust today welcomed Headteachers and staff members from Primary Schools across East and South Yorkshire to Bishopthorpe Palace for a Key Stage 2 Conference.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, delivered a Key Note address on the theme of ‘Educating the heart, soul and mind’. He shared his Youth Trust’s vision to see young people empowered to make a difference in their local communities and of how young people can ‘be the change they want to see’.
Pupils from Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School, Doncaster, presented their work and shared in their experiences of taking part in the Young Leaders Award. Their Headteacher, Helen Acton said: “It has been a real privilege and joy to watch how our Year 4 pupils have grown and developed into more responsible and empathetic young people through participating in the Young Leaders Award. They astounded me with the work they have done to make the community a better place to live - taking action where adults have sometimes procrastinated or sat back and ignored issues.”
During the last academic year, the Youth Trust have been amazed by the dedication and creativity shown by Key Stage 2 Young Leaders as part of their Awards. In addition to many school and local fundraising efforts, projects completed as part of the Awards, have included volunteering to sort food donations at a local Foodbank, creating a community ‘book swap’ in an unused phone box, organising a collection of nappies to donate to a local charity working with refugees, and knitting small woollen blankets to donate to a local neonatal unit in hospital.
Rozy Brian, Strategic Lead for Primary Awards said: “It is a privilege to be able to visit schools and to see how the Award is being used in so many different settings. One of the things I am passionate about is how the Award enables children of all academic abilities to grow in confidence and to recognise their potential to make positive change.”
To date the Youth Trust have enrolled over 590 Primary and Secondary schools to the Young Leaders Awards, empowering some 71,000 young people to put leadership into action and make a difference in other people's lives through acts of service and community volunteering.