Archbishop of York Youth Trust Young Leader's Award - Year 4 Children Leading the Way
Year 4 children in each of the Fioretti Trust primary schools were the first pupils within the Diocese of Birmingham to take part in the Archbishop of York Youth Trust Young Leaders Award this year.
The aim was for the Young Leaders Award to facilitate stronger links with the schools’ local churches as part of the Church of England’s Growing Faith Initiative.
“Growing Faith promotes a partnership between the three communities of Church, School and Household to enable the discovery, exploration and growth of faith for all in those communities”.
The children explored leadership skills, engaged in personal challenges to help those around them and delved into stories of inspirational leaders whilst considering their place in their local, national and global communities.
The children also organised community action projects to meet needs in their local area. For example, the children at St. Barnabas C of E School worked with their local church and a local initiative ‘Erdington Litter Busters’ on a litter pick. It was fabulous to see younger and older generations working together and for the children to recognise the ability they have to change the mindsets of others. The children proudly presented their work on 4th March at the Diocese of Birmingham’s Annual Schools Senior Leadership Conference held at Birmingham City Football Ground.
Emma Jones, Ethos Champion for Fioretti Trust said:
“The project has enabled the children to see their community with fresh eyes, with hope that they can become agents of change…it has enabled our children to have a greater and deeper understanding of the role of the church in the community and to work in partnership with them in a new and exciting way. We hope to inspire the children to become grown ups who see people’s needs and think that they are empowered, they can make a difference in people’s lives”.
A video about the project can be found at https://youtu.be/MMOlEqPUWgA
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