Abbie Carter, from Year 12, was one of the citizen journalists to take part in the university’s ‘Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Future’ two-day event in October, led by their Chancellor, the Archbishop of York.
All of the young people involved in the Citizen Journalists role were magnificent and truly blossomed in confidence during their two days there. They really did ask some tough questions of the panellists at each of the events from Barrow to Carlisle, and their presentation at the Youth Conference in Carlisle was so inspiring that it left our team who had been with them throughout the two days welling up with pride and with lumps in their throats.
To think that they didn’t know each other when the event started, they went on to deliver a presentation that was delivered to a very tight deadline with a short time scale to prepare (due to such a tight schedule) and with strength, passion, knowledge and belief that they hold the key to a positive future for them and their peers.
A member of the team from the university said the following about Abbie who played such a major and wonderful part of all of the programme.
“Her questions and comments have been so relevant, confidently presented to large groups of major players and delegates, and delivered perfectly.
Well done Abbie! I have no doubt she has a bright future ahead of her.”