The Youth Trust exists to empower young people to serve their generation, putting the needs of others before themselves, as displayed in the life of Jesus and people from many faith traditions.
The Youth Trust is passionate about developing opportunities for young people to grow in leadership, faith and character, in partnership with schools, churches and communities. Through the Young Leaders Award, the Youth Trust has empowered over 80,000 young people from over 675 schools to learn and practice key leadership skills and character virtues and to transform their communities through social action.
In May 2018, the Youth Trust announced an exciting new partnership with the Allchurches Trust that will enable the work of the Young Leaders Award to expand nationally. Allchurches Trust awarded a grant of over half a million to the Youth Trust for the next three years to enable it to expand this work to schools across the whole country, not just in the northern province.
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 betterArchbishop John Sentamu
Independent Research by the University of Gloucestershire
An independent research report from the University of Gloucestershire published in Sept 2017 found that many of the children who took part in the Award experienced increased confidence, self-esteem and emotional resilience. In turn, 60% of pupils stated that they ‘agreed’ or ‘partly agreed’ that they would continue to volunteer in their communities after the programme had finished.
The research shows that young people demonstrated significant improvements in three core areas:
- Personal development (maturation, self-awareness, confidence)
- Social and community development (respect, tolerance, social awareness)
- Future thinking (world of work skills, practical knowledge and personal interaction
View the full report here