UK Youth Achievement Awards (UKYAAs)


The UK Youth Achievement Awards (UKYAAs) have been the cornerstone of our activity for 20 years. We are delighted to relaunch this year to continue to provide a flexible award framework to celebrate the achievements of young people across the UK. 

The UK Youth Achievement Awards are nationally recognised and have been developed as a framework for providing non-formal learning and recognition, to support and encourage young people on their journey from childhood to adulthood. Unlike most other awards, the UKYAAs champion a variety of learning methods, using a unique framework which can be tailored to almost any activity, helping to engage a range of young people.

 Through the UKYAAs young people are encouraged to actively participate in their own “Social Development Journey” to developing life skills which will help them engage with training, volunteering and education.

The awards are tiered with five levels, although they can be started at any point, depending on where the young person is at that time and what they want to get from the awards.

The UK Youth Achievement Awards Levels:

Introduction to the awards through the UKYAA CHALLENGE – an introduction to group work, encouraging young people to get involved

Social Engagement through the UKYAA BRONZE – recognises and encourages young people to get involved

Social Learning through the UKYAA SILVER – recognises and encourages young people to work with others and share responsibility

Social Action through the UKYAA GOLD – recognises and encourages young people to take individual responsibility and play an active role in organising activities. This can be community based.

Social Leadership through the UKYAA PLATINUM – recognises and encourages young people to move into a leadership position.


The award does not come with a programme; instead, the open framework allows young people, along with their learning providers, to mould the awards around existing youth work, activities and/or school programmes. 

For more information fill in the EOI form here, or contact the Membership Team on or 0203 137 3810.


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