Last academic year Sixth Formers Marta Resiak and Judetta Whyte were part of CAFOD’s Young Leaders program. The program is for 11-18-year-olds who want to help to make the world a fairer place.

CAFOD stands for Catholic Agency For Overseas Development, the charity is also part of Caritas International, which promotes ending poverty, climate change, promoting justice and restoring human dignity around the world.

Within this program Marta and Judetta received support and training such as planning, communication, fundraising and campaigning. They also gained a deeper understanding of work of CAFOD and their mission, vision, and values, as well as learning about their work here in the UK and around the world.

Sadly, due to Covid-19 the girls were unable to attend a presentation ceremony in London to receive their certificates and meet with other young leaders, but they received their certificates this week.

The Downside Community congratulates the girls on this achievement and thanks them for their diligence, service, and growth in their personal development and faith journeys.

‘I became a CAFOD Young Leader because I really wanted to make a difference within my community as well as inspire others to do the same and I believed that signing up was the perfect opportunity to do so. During the meeting sessions organised by CAFOD, I learned so much more about issues concerning poverty and injustice throughout the world and how the youth are capable of benefitting others through spreading more awareness and a series of dedicated campaigns. You also get the chance to work with other schools around the area, so you gain different perspectives and ideas as well as a great sense of solidarity. I have really enjoyed being part of the CAFOD Young Leadership programme and I would recommend it to those who are determined towards making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than them. It is also useful asset to your CV and general teamwork, leadership, and communication skills!’ – Judetta Whyte