The Archbishop of York hosted a fundraising event yesterday at Bishopthorpe Palace in celebration of the work of his Youth Trust.
Over 100 Yorkshire business and community leaders attended, including head teachers, community workers and philanthropists.
The event showcased presentations from school children benefiting from the Archbishop’s Young Leaders Award, with pupils from Manor Church of England Academy and Heworth Church of England Primary School in York, as well as The Co-operative Academy of Leeds.
Since 2008, the Archbishop of York Youth Trust has supported over 62,000 pupils in over 500 schools to complete its Young Leaders Award at Key Stages 2, 3 and 4/Post 16. The independent charity launched a fundraising campaign last September to raise £375,000 to expand across the North. It aims to reach an additional 15,000 young people living in disadvantaged communities in 300 primary and secondary schools within the next 12 months.
The Archbishop of York said, “Our work is founded on a commitment and belief that young people do change our world for the better. It was truly inspiring to hear from the pupils, who are testament to the work of our charity. These remarkable young people are taking positive social action in their local communities, volunteering for causes they are passionate about, and making a meaningful difference. A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to all the role models from the business, community and education sectors, who came to support this important work.”