2014 Young England and Wales Programme set for June

Delegates during a teamwork session at the Young England and Wales Programme 2013


The Young England and Wales Programme – celebrating its 10th anniversary this year – will be held in Lancaster in June (16th to 20th). Delegates from the public sector, professional bodies, trade associations and a range of other organisations will come together for this intensive four-day event. Booking period now open!

Deadline: Thursday 8 May 2014

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The new Scots do
themselves and
the programme proud

Left to right: Alan McIntyre, patron of the International Young Scotland Programme; Rebecca Gebauer, highly commended; Elene Dugan, winner; Mirko Canevaro, runner-up

Twenty-nine delegates representing 21 countries across five continents took part in the second International Young Scotland Programme at Gretna Green in March. The event was open to young people between the ages of 18 and 35, born outside the UK but living in Scotland.

Elena Dugan, representing the St Andrew's Society of the State of New York, won the title Scotland International Young Thinker of the Year for 'an unusual and insightful view of religion in the modern world'.

The runner-up, Mirko Canevaro of Edinburgh University, delivered 'a polished essay on the importance of the humanities', while the highly commended delegate, Rebecca Gebauer, from the Global Minorities Alliance, presented 'an intellectually impressive discussion of extremism'.

Canadian-born Julia Brainin, a social worker, won the award for best On The Spot (an impromptu two-minute presentation) for a fluent defence of her profession.

The award for the best group presentation went to Rebecca Gebauer, Yasmina El Hannaoui, Winston Ojei and Stephen Godwin, for a moving and theatrical depiction of the meaning of faith.

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Julia Brainin and the winning group

Wiltshire triumph!

This year's winners: Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Council were declared 2014 Young Local Authority of the Year at Lancaster in February. The Argument paper delivered by Lucy James and Alissa Davies was praised by the adjudicators as 'thoughtful, original and expressive, bristling with good writing and logical argument'.

The runners-up were Leeds City Council (last year's winners). Clemency Capel-Bird and Rosie Pollock were described as 'a well-contrasted duo whose paper was genuinely enlightening'.

Waverley Borough Council (Helen Burgess and Gareth Nichols) were highly commended for their 'well-crafted paper'.

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