We want to help children and young people to learn more about how they can be good leaders within their local communities, as they rebuild after the pandemic. Working with schools, we will provide lesson plans and opportunities for young people to plan and participate in social action.
Many academic studies and reports show that children and young people have been amongst those most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and that challenges surrounding young people’s mental health and wellbeing have only been exacerbated since the first lockdown in March 2020. The usual routines of school, family and friendships were severely disrupted, and many children were left feeling lost, uncertain of how they fit in their local communities, lacking purpose and unsure of their future.
Through our Young Leaders Award programme we will support schools to train 500 children and young people across the North of England to become leaders in their local community and learn the values of leadership, character building and resilience. They will learn how they can make a significant difference in their local community. At the end of the programme, they will plan and carry out youth-led social action projects to improve the lives of those within their communities.