Youngsters who learnt lessons from inspiring historical figures and put them into practice in the community will be honoured during a ceremony hosted by the Archbishop of York.
Dr John Sentamu will award 195 Year 8 pupils from Archbishop Holgate’s School during the second Archbishop of York Young Leaders’ Award today. (16)
The Award teaches pupils at the Hull Road school about inspirational people of faith, including civil rights activist Martin Luther King, former president of South African Nelson Mandela, and Gandhi.
Once they have researched the lives and backgrounds of their chosen leaders, the pupils must put it into practice by completing three acts of volunteering in the community.
Andrew Daly, headteacher, said: "This event will be a wonderful opportunity to reward and celebrate the selfless and inspirational work our young people have achieved.
"I am very proud of the positive change they have brought to their local communities and to themselves.”
Some of the events carried out by the award-winning pupils include fundraising for the Fikelela charity in Cape Town, organising football and hockey tournaments for local children, setting up a Glee (music) club at a nearby primary school, looking after pets for neighbours and collecting sponsorship for the Race for Life run.
The Young Leaders Award, which is taught alongside Citizenship lessons, was introduced to Archbishop Holgate’s in January 2012 by teacher Caroline Capper, and is now firmly established in the school’s curriculum.
Mrs Capper said: “It’s fantastic to be able to build upon the phenomenal success of our first cohort of pupils.
"Now we have another group of impressive young students who have demonstrated the ability to learn, understand and apply the lessons of the world’s great spiritual leaders.”
The awards were set up by the Archbishop of York Trust to encourage young people to be leaders of change in their community.
For more information about the work of the trust visit www.archbishopofyorkyouthtrust.co.uk