Young Islander's Challenge FAQ

Who can take part?

Any young person age 5 to 25 who lives in one of Scotland’s Islands.

How do I take part?

If you are age 13 and over, you can either participate as an individual or as part of a school/youth group/community group. Please see below. 

If you are under 13, you can participate as part of a school/youth group/community group, or you can participate at home with parent/carer support. Please see below. 

How much does it cost?

It is free to take part in the Young Islander's Challenge.

When does it start?

You will be able to order the Young Islander's Challenge Sheets anytime from now and they will be sent out after 18 January 2021.

When does it finish?

You must complete your Young Islander's Challenge and send it to us by 20 March 2021.

What is the Young Islanders Network?

Youth Scotland is working with Scottish Government to pilot the setting up of a Young Islanders Network. This network will give young people from across Scotland’s Islands the chance to come together, discuss their lives and challenges and help to shape what Island life like might be like for young people.

From January to March 2021, we will work with some Young Islander Champions from our 8 Young Islander Hubs, to hear their views on the National Islands Plan and to plan a Young Islanders Festival of events week of 8 March 2021. We will be posting more info on the Young Islanders Network and events, so look out for this and we hope you will take part.

What is a Hi5 Award?

The Hi5 Award is an exciting award for young people age 5+ that records and recognises wider achievement. The award has been credit rated and levelled by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

To gain a Hi5 Award, young people choose a challenge, complete a minimum of 5 hours of activity, think about and comment on their achievements and gather evidence of their participation. They will receive a certificate showing their name, challenge and special achievements. The certificate will also show the SCQF level and credit points.

How to Take Part in the Young Islander's Challenge

Individuals age 13 and over: individual route

  1. You can order your Young Islander's Challenge Sheet for free at: this webpage
  2. A copy of the Young Islanders Challenge Sheet will be sent to your order email address. You can use this digitally, or you can print a copy.
  3. Complete your Challenge and send a copy of your completed Young Islander’s Challenge Sheet and any supporting evidence to:

Digitally via email: projects@youthscotland.org.uk

By post: Youth Scotland, Balfour House, 19 Bonnington Grove, Edinburgh, EH6 4BL.

Your evidence can include photos, videos, creative art – you choose. Just remember to put your name on the files, so we know they are yours!

  1. We will not be able to return your challenge sheet and evidence, so please make sure you keep a copy for yourself.
  2. By submitting your Young Islander's Challenge and evidence, you are consenting for Youth Scotland to hold your data and use it to enable you to participate in the Young Islanders project and events, publicise the project and report on the project to our partners Scottish Government.
  3. If you have requested that you wish to get a Hi5 Award for your challenge, we will send you a Young Islander’s certificate.

Any young person aged 5 to 25 – school/youth group/community group route

  1. Your teacher/youth worker/group leader can order Young Islander's Challenge Sheets for free at: this webpage
  2. A copy of the Young Islander’s Challenge Sheet will be sent to the teacher/youth worker/group leader’s order email address. These Young Islander's Challenge Sheets can be used digitally or printed to suit.
  3. Young people complete the Challenge and then the teacher/youth worker/group leader should send copies of the completed Young Islander’s Challenge Sheets and any supporting evidence, along with a completed Hi5 Young Islanders Quality Assurance Tool to:

Digitally via email: projects@youthscotland.org.uk

By post: Youth Scotland, Balfour House, 19 Bonnington Grove, Edinburgh, EH6 4BL

Young people’s evidence can include photos, videos, creative art – you choose. Just remember to put young people’s name on the files, so we who they belong to!

  1. We will not be able to return your challenge sheet and evidence, so please make sure you keep a copy for yourself.
  2. By submitting the Hi5 Award Young Islander’s Quality Assurance Tool, the teacher/youth worker/group leader is confirming that they have permission to share the young people’s data with Youth Scotland and Youth Scotland to use it to enable the young people  to participate in the Young Islanders project and events, publicise the project and report on the project to our partners Scottish Government.
  3. If you have requested that you wish to get a Hi5 Award for the young people’s challenges, we will send you certificates for all those who completed.

Any young person aged 5 to 25 – parent/carer support route 

  1. Your parent/carer can order Young Islander's Challenge Sheets for free at: this webpage 
  2. A copy of the Young Islander’s Challenge Sheet will be sent to the parent/carer order email address. These Young Islander's Challenge Sheets can be used digitally or printed to suit. 
  3. Young people complete the Challenge and then the parent/carer should send copies of the completed Young Islander’s Challenge Sheets and any supporting evidence, along with a completed Hi5 Award parent/carer sign-off sheet to: 

Digitally via email: projects@youthscotland.org.uk  

By post: Youth Scotland, Balfour House, 19 Bonnington Grove, Edinburgh, EH6 4BL 

Young people’s evidence can include photos, videos, creative art – you choose. Just remember to put young people’s name on the files, so we who they belong to! 

  1. We will not be able to return your challenge sheet and evidence, so please make sure you keep a copy for yourself.
  2. By submitting the Hi5 Award Young Islander’s Quality Assurance Tool, the teacher/youth worker/group leader is confirming that they have permission to share the young people’s data with Youth Scotland and Youth Scotland to use it to enable the young people  to participate in the Young Islanders project and events, publicise the project and report on the project to our partners Scottish Government.
  3. If you have requested that you wish to get a Hi5 Award for the young people’s challenges, we will send you certificates for all those who completed.

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