Youth Achievement Awards

Youth Achievement Awards offer a peer assessed approach to recognising and accrediting achievements and contributions of young people aged 14 plus.

We asked existing users of Youth Achievement Awards to provide us with some advice for others. Here's what they told us...

How do you maintain youth ownership of the Awards?

"The young people choose all challenges and keep their own portfolios.  They have peer led groups to discuss the awards both individual experiences/issues and the awards in general.  This often generates ideas on ways to deliver the awards in the future."
-    Anon

"By being committed to spending time with each participant to help them identify individual targets/goals - those they want to get from the Awards. Reflective practice/participant review interview very important."
-    Carol George, South Ayrshire Council

"By ensuring the award is peer assessed and driven by the young person."
-    Anon

"Encourage personalisation of folders."
-    Janice Douglas, Perth and Kinross Council Youth Services

"They pick the challenges and fundraise for books and equipment needed."
-    Julie Hynd, Active Breaks, South Lanarkshire Council.

How do you help young people set individual targets when there are several young people involved in the same project?

"They think what is most important for them and how this helps them complete the challenge."
-    Julie Hynd, Active Breaks South Lanarkshire Council

"I usually run a brain storming/thought shower session to get ideas from the participants.  These are put on a flip chart and some targets can be shared."
-    Anon

"Sit down as a group and talk over what is needed then go round them individually and discuss what they think could be their 'personal' targets."
-    Janice Douglas, Perth and Kinross Council Youth Services

"Group time needs to be followed up by 1:1 confirmation."
-    J. Edwards, Fife Behavioural Support Services

What advice do you have when it comes to collecting evidence for the Awards?

"Camera at all times, handouts etc. Do on a daily basis and weekly basis to keep on top of evidence."
-    Donna Layden, Stevenson College

"Do it as you go along.  Ensure young people label/date pictures as they are printed.  Keep everything in one place and in a reasonable order."
-    Anon

"Make it relevant to the targets, keep it individual/personalised, take lots of photos and keep everything from the start."
-    Carol George, South Ayrshire Council

"Collect it all the time; make sure it is personalised particularly where there is a group task."
-    Ian Boardman, LAYC