This article appears in today's Leicester Mercury:
Pioneering youngsters help to foster inter-faith understanding in community
A group of 15 young people have completed a three-day stage of an inter-faith leadership programme designed to help them achieve their potential.
St Philip's Centre, Evington, which works to build and enhance inter-faith relations, ran the Catalyst bronze programme for 16 to 24-year-olds from Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College.
The course is funded by Near Neighbours through the Department for Communities and Local Government. It follows on from programmes already delivered to young people from Leicester College, Gateway College and Shree Sanatan Mandir.
Each day of Catalyst is based on a theme, including leadership attributes and styles, presentation and communication skills, running community projects and inter-faith understanding.
Another important module, decision-making, is delivered by Leicestershire Police.
Riaz Ravat, deputy director of St Philip's Centre, said: "Since Catalyst was launched in 2012, nearly 70 young people from Leicester and East London have taken part.
"These are young people in whom we have invested to develop their knowledge, skills and potential to make a positive difference to those around them.
"Catalyst specifically builds trust and good inter-faith relationships."