Youth Achievement Awards

What are Youth Achievement Awards?

Youth Achievement Awards (YAA) are certificates that you can work towards by getting more involved in activities that you enjoy. You can choose the activities you take part in and build up more and more responsibility as you work towards the award.

Different types of Youth Achievement Awards

Depending on how old you are, different types of Youth Achievement Award may be suitable for you. The levels of award available are:

  • Youth Challenges: designed for 11-14 year olds
  • Bronze to Gold Youth Achievement Award: aimed at young people aged 14+
  • Platinum Young Leader Award: suitable for 16+ year olds.

Some of the awards might be suitable for you even if you’re not within the suggested age range. You can find out more by asking at your local youth organisation, school, college or wherever you’re doing your YAA.

Where can you do a Youth Achievement Award?

There are lots of places where you can work towards a YAA, including youth groups, schools and colleges.

Youth Achievement Awards are also provided by youth offending institutes and youth offending teams.

What’s in it for you?

You get to choose the activities you complete in order to achieve your award, so you can take part in activities that really interest you.

As well as achieving an award, you will gain skills including:

  • Negotiation
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Working with others.

As part of your YAA, you will keep a personal portfolio which will help improve your skills in:

  • Planning
  • Reviewing
  • Recording.

All of these are skills which will come in great use for your future; from helping with your studying, to writing a CV, applying for jobs or applying to university.

How do I take part in the Youth Achievement Awards?

If you’re interested in working towards a YAA, speak to your school, college or youth group to see if they offer it.

More information can be found at where you can download a YAA information pack. There is a charge for the Youth Achievement Award, which will be paid by the school, college or other youth organisation where you study towards your award.

The school, college or youth organisation where you do your YAA will apply online on your behalf.

Who can help?

Speak to the staff at your school, college or youth group to find out if they offer the YAA and visit to find out more.

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