Dynamic Youth Award (DYA)

The Youth Scotland Award for young people ages 10+

A close up of the cover sheet for a Dynamic Youth Award challenge sheet.

Dynamic Youth Award

To gain a Dynamic Youth Award, young people choose a ‘challenge’, set personal targets, complete a minimum of 5 hours of activity, think about and comment on their achievements, recording time spent on their activities and gather evidence of their participation. They will then receive a certificate showing their name, their challenge, hours completed and a statement of their ‘special achievements’. The certificate will also show the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level and credit points. 

Key features of the Dynamic Youth Award (DYA)

  • Are for young people age 10+ 
  • Have a minimum of 5 hours of time commitment activity 
  • Have 3 levels (Star Rating) based on the young person’s cumulative hours 
  • Can be incorporated into existing or planned activities 
  • Can be used in a range of settings 
  • Are credit rated on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) where they sit at level 3 
  • Help to evidence Outcomes
  • Builds from where a young person is at, is person-centred and the focus is on creating an award that is personal, meaningful and appropriate for the individual.
  • Are inclusive and accessible for all. 
  • Allows the young person and worker to be partners in a learning process.
  • Empowers the young person to play a full part in shaping their own learning.
  • Follows a plan-do-review structure
  • Support the aims, values, purpose and implementation of Curriculum for Excellence

To view sample challenge sheets or book into training click on the links below:

Awards Sample Challenge Sheets

Hi5 & Dynamic Youth Awards Introductory Training

DYA Award Completion Guide