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Dynamic Youth Award Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of using Dynamic Youth Awards?
How does the Dynamic Youth Award support a Curriculum for Excellence?
Why should we recognise achievement?
Is there a programme we have to follow?
How much time does a young person spend on their Award?
Why is peer assessment part of the Awards?
Are there guidelines to follow?
What's the difference between Dynamic Youth Awards and Youth Achievement Awards?
Do employers and college value the Dynamic Youth Awards?
Do you offer training?
How are the Awards quality assured?

What are the benefits of using Dynamic Youth Awards?

The Dynamic Youth Award is a nationally recognised award for young people age 10+ that provides a means of recording and evidencing their achievements within the activities that your project or programme offers.

Almost every organisation working with young people is required to provide evidence of the progress made and benefits gained by the young people involved in their programmes, whether it be for managers, funders or regulatory bodies.

The Dynamic Youth Award offers a way of capturing the learning and benefits gained through young peoples' involvement in your programmes. The award can provide evidence of participation, progression and distance travelled in a way that reflects an individual young person's circumstances.

How does the Dynamic Youth Award support a Curriculum for Excellence?

Dynamic Youth Awards support personalisation and choice through encouraging young people to choose challenges based on their interests and identify personal targets providing a flexible and enriched learning experience. The Awards help learning providers to accredit achievements in a range of settings allowing the opportunity for partnership working.

Curriculum for Excellence stipulates that young people's achievements should be recognised, "in any setting where children and young people are learners".(Building the Curriculum 3). Because Dynamic Youth Awards are personalised to each learner, it is entirely possible that a young person could complete part of their Award in school, and part of their Award outside of school.

Why should we recognise achievement?

Achievement should be recognised because:

  • more effective recognition of achievements can increase self-esteem, improve motivation and keep young people engaged in learning
  • it encourages young people to reflect on their learning - where they are and where they want to go - and help them to articulate their skills gained in interviews with potential employers, colleges or higher education
  • it helps deliver aims, values, purposes and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence - where planning opportunities for personal achievement is an integral part of the curriculum
  • young people tell us they want it recognised

Is there a programme we have to follow?

Dynamic Youth Awards provide a framework for accreditation, meaning there is no programme to follow. The young person designs a learning programme based on their interests and abilities. The awards are used within existing or planned projects and activities.

Almost any learning experience can be accredited, as long as it follows a Plan-Do-Review process and evidence can be provided.

How much time does a young person spend on their Award?

The minimum time commitment for Dynamic Youth Awards is 5 hours. There is no maximum time commitment, and nor is there a limit on the number of Dynamic Youth Awards a young person can complete. When a young person receives a Dynamic Youth Award we keep a running total of total Dynamic Youth hours and record this on their certificate.

Dynamic Youth Awards have three levels of commitment:

  • One star: 5 to 15 hours
  • Two stars: 15 to 30 hours
  • Three stars: 30 to 100 hours
  • Four stars: 100 to 250 hours
  • Five stars: 250 hours +

Why is peer assessment part of the Awards?

Peer assessment is widely recognised as a rich form of quality assurance as peers are well-placed to provide relevant and direct information. Furthermore, by being part of a peer group responsible for one-another's work, peers develop social and emotional competences as well as gain knowledge, skills, attitudes and confidence. Our Awards are individualised, so who is better to determine whether or not targets are being met than that young person's peers?

What's the difference between Dynamic Youth Awards and Youth Achievement Awards?

Dynamic Youth Awards are for those aged 10-14 (although we can be flexible with ages). A participant has to spend a minimum of 5 hours on a Dynamic Youth Award. There is no upper limit of hours. We recognise the level of responsibility each young person takes on in their Award.

Youth Achievement Awards come at four different levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each level takes on a different level of responsibility and an increasing number of hours. These Awards are SCQF credit rated and levelled. Youth Achievement Awards are for those aged 14+.

Are there guidelines to follow?

Yes. You can download guidelines for Dynamic Youth Awards from this page

Do employers and colleges value the Dynamic Youth Awards?

Employers and colleges are looking for young people to demonstrate how they will take the initiative in their studies or job. Dynamic Youth Awards encourage young people to take on responsibility and work both on their own and with others.

When a young person receives their award they keep the challenge sheet and evidence, which can then be presented at interviews.

Do you offer training?

Youth Scotland offers half day introductory training events which are open to anyone interested in supporting young people gain a Dynamic Youth Award or Hi5 Award or who are simply looking to find out more about these awards. Youth Scotland also offers full day Awards Introductory training which covers Hi5, DYA and YAA.

The training provides workers, teachers, parents or any interested party an understanding of the Awards and how they can be used as part of existing activities or new activities to recognise young people's achievements.

Through the training, participants will gain a working knowledge of the Hi5 and DYA, enabling them to effectively promote, support and deliver the awards within their schools, clubs or individual settings.

There is no specific training requirement, but this training is highly recommended for anyone wishing to deliver Dynamic Youth Awards . Training dates can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.

How are the Awards quality assured?

The Dynamic Youth Awards are assessed initially by the worker who in turn passes them to an internal verifier within their organisation to double check. The awards are then submitted to Youth Scotland for final checking and certification. For full details see here.

Have we missed something? If there's a question you think we should add to this list, please email the Awards team and let us know. You can send suggestions to awards@youthscotland.org.uk

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