28th September 2011
Rankin Backs Photo Competition Highlighting
The Value of Youth Clubs

UK Youth and Clubs for Young People have joined forces to launch a new national photography competition, The Bigger Picture, supported by celebrity photographer Rankin and Nokia. The 6-week competition, for under-18s and over 18s, runs between 24th September and 5th November.*

The theme ‘With or Without You’ offers young people the chance to capture life at their youth club (the people, the place and the activities) OR what life might look like without it, as some are under threat.

Entrants can take pictures with either a camera or mobile phone and email them to: Entries will then be posted on a Flickr gallery.

The Bigger Picture Artwork
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23rd September 2011
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23rd September 2011
4YP provides a range of services that enable young people to make a successful transition to adulthood.

They are a team of multi-skilled professionals, all having a successful track record working with young people.
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28th March 2011
The Youth Challenges and the Youth Achievement Awards are an activity-based approach to peer education. The Awards are designed to help develop more effective participative practice by encouraging young people to progressively take more responsibility in selecting, planning and leading activities that are based on their interests. The peer group model encourages the development of a wide range of life skills through a flexible and informal approach.

The Youth Achievement Awards were introduced nationally in 1997 and are already well established in a wide range of youth organisations, schools and educational projects. Building on their success, the Youth Challenges were launched in 2002 meeting the demand for a similar award for the lower age group. In all levels of the Awards young people are encouraged to take on progressive levels of responsibility through involvement in a wide range of self-identified activities.

The Youth Achievement Awards were initially established in the youth work sector as a means of recognising and accrediting young people's achievements through a peer group approach. More recently, schools, colleges, national charities, youth offender institutions, youth offending teams, partnerships and training providers are finding them an equally valuable tool in motivating and engaging their young people.

The Youth Challenges are internally certificated and are aimed at young people aged 11 to 14, although they may be appropriate for people older, or even slightly younger. The Bronze to Gold Youth Achievement Awards are aimed at young people who are 14 plus, with the Platinum young leaders award being appropriate for young people of 16 plus.

· Recognise and accredit young people's achievements.
· Encourage progressive responsibility and ownership of learning.
· Provide a mechanism by which to measure the quality of work with
young people.
· Reinforce good practice.
· Encourage participation and social inclusion.
· Use peer education.

· Enhance self awareness and self-esteem
· Develop communication skills and resolve differences by negotiation
· Get on with and work well with others
· Explore and manage feelings
· Understand and identify with others
· Develop values
· Plan ahead
By empowering young people to choose the activities that they will complete in order to achieve their Awards they develop a sense of ownership of their activities and the learning involved. This in itself is highly motivating, but is further enhanced by the sense of achievement gained when young people are able to receive an accredited certificate that recognises their individual contribution to the activities in which they are involved. The Youth Challenge and Youth Achievement Awards can help youth services achieve their ‘Resourcing Excellent Youth Services’ (REYS) accreditation targets in relation to recorded and accredited outcomes for young people.

In using the peer group to assess and support the young people through the Awards, young people develop a range of social skills that includes negotiation, problem solving, communication, working with others etc. Some of these skills can be also accredited through Wider Key Skills programmes (known as the Core Skills in Scotland). In addition, the reviewing and recording procedures have been designed to promote the development of study skills through planning, reviewing, recording and creating a personal portfolio. In addition to the Award booklets, each young person must submit a portfolio of evidence.


YOUTH CHALLENGE- This is a 30-hour programme comprising of five six-hour activities with a central element of peer assessment supported by the Award Group Worker. Encouraging young people to take part in activities is the focus at this first level.

YOUTH CHALLENGE EXTRA BOOKLET- This 30-hour programme can be used as a progression from the Youth Challenge or as direct entry for a young person capable of demonstrating the ability to help organise.

BRONZE YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD- The Bronze Award encourages young people to take part in peer group activities. To complete Bronze young people need to undertake four 15-hour challenges supported by the Award Group Worker.

SILVER YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD- The Silver Award comprises of six 15-hour challenges and encourages young people help to organise their own activities. By taking an increased level of responsibility and helping to organise the activities they are making a vital contribution to ensuring that the activity takes place.

GOLD YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD- The Gold Award requires the young person to complete seven 15-hour challenges and make a presentation. The focus in Gold is on planning, organising and leading activities. Significant responsibility will be demonstrated at this level.

PLATINUM YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT AWARD- Platinum is the highest level of the Awards and, although similar in structure to the other levels, direction is provided on the activities that must take place. The Award includes a total of approximately 120 hours participation. This Award requires the young person to go through processes that will help them to develop the skills to take on a leadership role - and because of this young people need to be over 16 years of age when they start the award. The young person is required to produce a personal development plan, undertake training, undertake placements working with young people, produce an evaluation of their progress, and then prepare for and give a presentation. Whilst this award is more prescriptive in content than any of the other awards, if successfully completed it will have prepared the young person with the skills and background to make an active and positive contribution to youth work.