Youth Achievements

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 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.

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
  • Develops values
  • Plan ahead
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Posted on: August 16th, 2009 by James Owers

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