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New youth leadership award for the Highlands focuses on environment


By Niall Harkiss

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High Life Highland is launching a new youth leadership award focused on the environment.

Partnering with Trees for Life, Green Hive. NHS CAMHS and Highland Adapts, HLH is creating the Highlands Green Leadership SCQF Award, adding an environmental strand to its existing youth leadership programme.

The Leadership Programme has become the hallmark of good practice for young people to get involved in their communities and is open to all secondary school pupils, up to and including the age of 25.

It is based around a set of values and qualities that a young leader should strive to possess, offering experience of planning, organising, teamwork and active leadership.

Leadership Programme development officer Elizabeth McDonald said: “We are delighted that the long-established High Life Highland Youth Leadership programme will now include green deployment opportunities for our young people across the Highlands, supporting them to help build climate change resilient communities of the future.

“We pride ourselves on the quality of young leaders produced through the programme and are confident this will enhance the experiences of young leaders as we open up this area of green health, conservation and climate action.”

The programme offers involvement in a variety of awards including HLH’s Choose To Lead Award (SCQF Level 4 and 5), Asdan Youth Achievement, John Muir Award and the Junior Ranger Award. It also supports the Duke Of Edinburgh and Saltire Awards.

The Highlands Green Leadership SCQF Award will be supported by the High Life Highland Countryside Ranger service.

Countryside Ranger Service manager Imogen Furlong said: “We work with local communities to deliver projects that conserve and protect biodiversity in their area and we welcome this initiative that will encourage young people to engage with nature and tackle climate change and biodiversity loss.”

“Although underpinned by leadership in conservation and nature based activity, including citizen science projects, the award can be utilised by young people volunteering in community clubs, other HLH services or within agreed partnerships.”


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