Archbishop Sentamu Academy to recognise 500 young leaders

The Archbishop of York Youth Trust Awards ceremonies will be held on 25th June 2014 at Archbishop Sentamu Academy.

Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu

At least 500 students who completed the Key Stage 3 programme earlier this year will be recognised.

The Archbishop of York Youth Trust’s Young Leaders Award is offered in over 180 schools across the North of England and involves over 18,000 young people.

Teacher Mrs Tori Murphy, RE Team Leader said: “The students have gained valuable experience in many different aspects: working well in groups, contributing to the Academy and local community, and thinking deeply about other people’s needs. Some groups really went above and beyond, for example, one girl taught her little brother to read and one boy helped his mum look after his disabled sisters. In addition, the community projects saw hundreds of pounds raised for charity.”

A representative from Cancer Research UK is to receive a cheque for just over £200 at the end of the first Awards Ceremony.

Alex Ledger, a Year 9 student said: “The YLA has improved my thoughts on life because it has made me think about people in need and who we can help. In particular, I am now thinking about my future and how to help people with additional needs.”

Natalie Wharam, a Year 9 student said: “I enjoyed the fact that instead of doing things for myself I was helping others. It’s made me think that I could make real changes in the world. I’ve always thought it would be nice to help people but the projects helped me to see exactly how I could help.”

Julia Robertson, Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders Manager said:  “It’s phenomenal that the Archbishop Sentamu Academy has over 500 students, who have attained the Key Stage 3 Award – this is a fantastic achievement.  I joined some of the Archie students for a fundraiser fun-run across the Humber Bridge earlier this year, it was great to hear how they had planned their fundraisers, and how they felt they had made a difference in being the change they wanted to see in and around East Hull.”

The Young Leaders Award is a school-based programme which aims to equip young people with skills to be a force for good in their local communities and encourages active citizenship from a young age.  The Awards are available at Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and Post 16.