Young Scot Rewards – Promoting Positive Activities To Young People
As anyone who works in any kind of learning community knows, encouraging young people to access and participate in positive activities doesn’t just benefit the individual, but also communities across Scotland.
Whether it’s through volunteering, contributing to consultations or participating in opportunities around health and wellbeing, arts and culture or the environment, taking part in activities gives young people the opportunity to develop the four capacities of a Curriculum for Excellence as well as gaining the knowledge, skills and understanding for learning, life and work – right through to the senior phase.
In support of this and to help empower young people to make the most of their lives, Young Scot has developed a national digital rewards platform for young people in Scotland.
Young Scot Rewards is the latest addition to the award-winning Young Scot National Entitlement Card. It’s a new, pioneering and innovative partnership between Young Scot, the Scottish Government, The Improvement Service, COSLA and young people themselves. The whole service has been co-designed by young people and has been fully informed by their feedback through consultation.
As illustrated in the video below, it encourages young people to participate in positive activities by giving them the opportunity to collect points for taking part in activities, and then unlocking special achievements and exclusive rewards for doing so.
Young Scot Rewards is about organisations across the public, private and voluntary sector working in partnership to increase access to the wide range of youth opportunities available across Scotland in a cost effective way. It also delivers a core infrastructure for local authorities, voluntary and public sector partners to engage with young people.
Young Scot Rewards is just the next step on its evolution of the Young Scot NEC card which is Scotland’s Youth Smartcard. It gives young people access to special offers and discounts, a reliable way of proving their age and access to other benefits including cashless catering, leisure and library services and e-voting.
Yet it has even greater potential to help improve the lives of Scotland’s young people by increasing young people’s ability to access services, helping them to make the most out of their lives.
We know that all those working in learning communities – teachers and youth workers, head teachers and others – are doing a fantastic job and, like us, want to see young people participate in rich experiences that develop their learning. At Young Scot we’d love to hear your ideas on how we could work with you in closer partnership to help make this happen.
Louise Macdonald (@LouiseMac),
Chief Executive, Young Scot
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