Chertsey teenager re-visits her school to send messages of hope to refugees.

jourisOn Tuesday, 19 July, 16-year-old youth leader, Jouriz, returned to Salesians RC School, Chertsey, to talk about helping others and how pupils can put their own faith into action.

This year’s Youth Leadership Day

Pupils also heard speakers from Aid to the Church in Need and Bosco Volunteer Action, talk about their work.

Over 250 pupils in year 9 – 10 attended the event. At the end the pupils took part in a special exercise led by Jouriz and two teachers, writing messages of hope and drawing pictures for refugees. These will be presented to refugees later on in the year

Jouriz said: “To me, being a young leader means be able to communicate and influence others in a good way, to do good things, or maybe, small things that lead into something big. I’m looking forward to continue my volunteering for CAFOD in September.”

Jouriz has been involved in the CAFOD young leadership programme since October last year and has been developing her public speaking and communication skills.

“I wanted to be part of this day so I could tell my fellow pupils about the work of CAFOD and the impact they are making around the world.”

Write your own message of hope for refugees.

Salesian school chaplain, Father Marco, said:

“I first got involved with CAFOD as a young boy at Wimbledon College, they had a fundraising team and once I learned about the work of CAFOD, I started volunteering for them and I have been actively supporting CAFOD’s work ever since.

“I am so proud of Jouriz today, she spoke so well and was so confident.”

Message 3Martin Brown of CAFOD Arundel and Brighton said:

“I’m delighted that we are training young leaders and that we have people like Fr Marco and Jouriz and countless other people in the diocese who are passionate about our work to help people lift themselves out of poverty.”

Last week, young volunteers for  CAFOD travelled from six dioceses, to celebrate their volunteering achievements. Over 250 young people have been trained as part of CAFOD’s young leadership programme this year.

The young leaders have explored different issues of social justice; receiving leadership training in skills such as communications, planning and project management.

This year’s Youth Leadership Day

Their work has included; various fundraising activities, participating in campaigning actions, delivering assemblies and encouraging others to learn about CAFOD’s work.

Collectively the young leaders have reached out to almost 40,000 people through volunteering.

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CAFOD Director, Chris Bain, presented the young leaders with their certificates and said: “Your generation is the one that can make change, even the smallest things make big a difference.”

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