Strategy & Values

Changing Lives Through Community-Based Youth Work is our strategy to support and develop community-based youth work across Scotland.

Changing Lives Through Community-Based Youth Work is our strategy to support and develop community-based youth work across Scotland.

Our Mission

is to support young people to achieve their full potential.

Our Vision

is a country which values community-based youth work and its impact on young people’s lives.

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Youth Scotland is ambitious for the impact which community-based youth work has in young people’s lives. Over the course of our previous strategy 2016-2019, we successfully renewed our commitment to a simple and unifying core purpose: to grow and develop community-based youth work.

This 2020-2023 strategy builds on our established and ongoing successes. Our strategy to grow and develop community-based youth work is built on four supporting pillars: Supporting Our Member Youth Groups; Training Volunteers and Youth Workers; Youth Leadership and National Programmes; and Accredited Youth Awards.

Our four pillars

  1. Supporting Our Member Youth Groups
    Our ambition is for all young people, regardless of their circumstances, to benefit from high quality community-based youth work through the Youth Scotland network.
  2. Training Volunteers and Youth Workers
    Our ambition is to establish ourselves as the leading provider of training and capacity-building for the youth work sector in Scotland, improving the skills and confidence of those who are supporting young people.
  3. Youth Leadership and National Programmes
    Our ambition is for young people across all 32 Local Authorities to have the opportunity to grow and develop their everyday leadership skills through iLead and other youth participation projects.
  4. Accredited Youth Awards
    Our ambition is that we will create more opportunities for young people to achieve and gain accreditation for their learning through Hi5, Dynamic Youth Awards and Youth Achievement Awards at SCQF levels 2–7. This will support national efforts to close the povertyrelated attainment gap and increase young people’s skills for learning, work and life.

We are pleased that young people, volunteers, youth workers, Area Associations, Youth Scotland staff and our Board of Trustees have all fed into this strategy. Based on this, we are encouraged and confident of Youth Scotland’s role in the sector and the future we have in partnership with our national network of community-based youth work.

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