Joseph Cardijn Award Recipient for protecting the dignity of workers
Ryan is 19, and as a member of the IMPACT and then Young Christian Workers groups in his parish, St Mary’s, West Croydon, he came to understand the methodology ofthe YCW - SEE JUDGE ACT - and so became able to analyse problems affecting young people and carry out appropriate action in the light of faith. He grew in his leadership skills, showing initiative and confidence, campaigning for youth safety, canvassing his local MP on poverty issues, and during the local elections co-chairing the Croydon Citizens Assembly, where he personally got the Labour and Conservative candidates for the council to publically commit to becoming a Living Wage employer. Following on from the assembly, the council pledged 50 work placements for Croydon’s young people. He is now studying politics and economics at Nottingham University and aspires to a life of service to the community.
Ryan Earle is from Nottingham University and St Mary's Church, West Croydon