The Youth Achievement Awards (YAA) is a non-formal learning award that helps to support and encourage young people on their journey from childhood to adulthood.

Through the YAA young people are encouraged to actively participate in their own “Social Development Journey”, developing, acknowledging and articulating life skills and competencies which help them to become a positive force for change in their own lives, and the lives of others. The awards based system provides recognition of achievement and encourages young people to reach their full potential.  The awards are tiered, Bronze through to Platinum, although can be started at any point.

Aimed at young people aged 14+ the awards provide a framework which recognises the four levels of responsibility taken by young people participating in activities that interest them.

  • Bronze

    Social Engagement

    Recognises and encourages young people to get involved.

  • Silver

    Social Learning

    Recognises and encourages young people to work with others and share responsibility.

  • Gold

    Social Action

    Recognises and encourages young people to take individual responsibility and play an active role in organising activities. This can be community-based.

  • Platinum


    Recognises and encourages young people to move into a leadership position.

The award does not come with a programme; instead, the open framework allows young people, along with their learning providers, to mould the awards around existing youth work, activities and/or school programmes.

The Benefits of the Award

  • It’s easy to use
  • There are 4 levels to choose from
  • It can be easily tailored for you
  • It can be incorporated into existing activities
  • Looks great on your CV
  • Help to answer “experience” questions in interviews

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