27th August 2012
Get involved in the Young Scot Rewards scheme
Shetland Youth Services are planning to roll out the Young Scot Rewards scheme in Shetland and need local organisations and businesses to get involved.
The national Young Scot Rewards scheme uses an online points and rewards system to encourage young people to take part in activities which benefit them or their community. The points are then collected and used to get rewards, such as a discount, offer or free service or it can be an exclusive money can’t buy experience.
Shetland Youth Services are looking for organisations and businesses to come forward and get involved in either being points providers and/or rewards providers so the rewards scheme can be tailored to fit Shetland.
If you offer activities for young people that contribute to their personal development, health, wellbeing, active citizenship, or benefit others, then you can offer points for their participation. If you want to provide recognition and support to young people, want to raise your profile and attract new customers, then you could offer rewards to young people.
Emily Shaw, Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, said, “The Young Scot Rewards scheme is such a fantastic initiative. It is brilliant that young people are able to earn valuable experiences simply by being active citizens. The rewards that are to be offered both locally and nationally are of a fantastic quality and I can’t wait to see the scheme implemented across the isles.”
Chair of the Shetland Community Planning Partnership, Ian Kinniburgh, said: "This is such a positive idea, the Young Scot Rewards scheme is a brilliant way to encourage young people to make positive choices about their life and then reward them in a way that has real value. Having agreed at our meeting that we should support the scheme, the challenge for the Shetland Community Partnership and its members is to turn words into actions and commit to providing the opportunities and experiences that will make a difference. I look forward to seeing it happen over the coming months."