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Ortus Energy Youth Leadership Pilot

Targeted at the young people most in need of support following the pandemic, this new youth leadership pilot will use the inspiration of YST’s Athlete Mentors to empower young leaders to improve the wellbeing and sense of belonging of younger students.


The Ortus Energy Youth Leadership Pilot has been co-created with young people to use the inspiration and leadership of YST Athlete Mentors to empower Young Leaders to harness the positive power of play and sport to help improve wellbeing, build friendships, and foster understanding of one another.

Wellbeing and belonging have both declined as a result of covid-19, with 83% of children with mental health challenges believing their problems have worsened and 50% more primary aged children feeling lonely during the pandemic than previously.

This new project will use youth leadership to develop character, confidence and wellbeing among young leaders, and create a sense of belonging for vulnerable year 7 students as they start out in secondary/high school.

We are seeking to work with twenty schools across the UK to identify their young people most in need of support following the impact of the pandemic. In particular, young leaders aged 14-16 years and the year 7/S1 participants they will work with. Activities will take place in the autumn term and involve, lead teacher briefings, Athlete Mentor visits, Leadership training for young people and social action to help others.

Further detail will follow once co-creation workshops with young people are completed this term.

In England, this opportunity is only open to current Healthy Lifestyle Champion Schools.

For further information, please contact:

Programme Lead
Ali Goodall 
Senior Innovations Manager
[email protected]
07825 065189