The Youth Trust is an independent charity which has to date enrolled over 634 Primary and Secondary schools to the Young Leaders Award, empowering over 76,602 young people to make a difference in other people’s lives, through acts of service and community volunteering.
The Young Leaders Awards, developed by the Youth Trust, are delivered to faith and non-faith groups, educating young people about community, respect and also developing a greater understanding of self and others. Citizenship modules are completed as part of the Awards which encourage youth-led volunteering and positive social action. Students are guided and encouraged to run their own projects such as litter picking, fundraising for their local hospice, organising a Christmas party for the elderly, or supporting their local food bank.
The Young Leaders Awards are designed to boost confidence, emotional resilience and life skills whilst learning about inspirational global leaders such as Mahatma Ghandi, whose famous phrase, “be the change you want to see” is a core value of the charity.
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 them to expand this work to schools across the whole country.
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)