The Young Leader Qualification is open to all Senior Section members aged 14+ who are working with a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide unit. It is a good chance to develop your leadership skills in a fun and rewarding way.
The qualification consists of six modules which are completed practically.
Module 1 - Go! and sectional training - This module focuses on the Girlguiding membership system (Go!) and learning more about the section the Young Leader works with.
Module 2 - Leadership - This module looks at different leadership styles and when the Young Leader should use them, for example with girls of different ages.
Module 3 - Planning - This module allows the Young Leader to demonstrate how well they understand the programme for the section they volunteer with. It will help them to make sure that the programme is right for the range of ages and abilities in their unit, that all girls take part in planning the programme, and the activities are enjoyable for the girls.
Module 4 - Working with girls - This module allows the Young Leader to demonstrate that they understand the girls they work with and provide the best opportunities for them to grow and develop.
Module 5 - Local guiding - This module looks at the structure of guiding in the Young Leader’s local area and how the Young Leader is supported within this.
Module 6 - Your role in guiding - This module is about the Young Leader showing that they understand the Promise and Law, and their commitment to guiding.
Please visit http://www.girlguiding.org.uk/seniorsection/whatcanido/awardsandqualifications/youngleaderqualification.html where you will find a copy of the Young Leadership Qualification workbook and also the Welcome Letter.
During your qualification you will be supported by the Leader of the unit you help to run, and also your Young Leader Advisor. You will also have a supporter of your choice to help you through the qualification.
Once you are 16, you have the option to take your leadership role further by starting work on the full Leadership Qualification. Everything you do on the Young Leader Qualification will count towards the Leadership Qualification, which means you'll have a real head start!
Alternatively, you may decide to carry on with this qualification if you haven't finished it. You can be a Young Leader until you're 18, then either become an adult Leader or a Unit Helper.
What prior learning should I have completed?
No prior learning is required.
How long will it take to complete?
It varies from person to person. You should set your own personal goal to complete the qualification based on your personal circumstances and other commitments.
How much does it cost?
It is completly free of charge!
How do I take part?
Speak to your Unit Leader or Senior Section Adviser about getting involved! They will be able to put you in touch with the Young Leader Advisor. Or alternativley you can contact the Young Leader Advisor directly. You will find the contact details at the bottom of this page.
How will this make a difference to girls?
Being a Young Leader is very rewarding. You will get a chance to work directly with the girls and help provide them with a good quality and girl-led guiding experience.
What is the next possible step on my guiding learning journey?
Take the Young Leader Qualification further and use the skills you've gained towards becoming a fully fledged Girlguiding UK Leader through the Leadership Qualification.
You could also investigate all the opportunities available to you as a member of the Senior Section such as GOLD, INTOPS and Innovate.
To find out more about becoming a Young Leader or if you are currently working on your Young Leadership Qualification and would like more information please contact us at any time