14 March 2024

Youth team finalists for Digital & STEM award

A group of 7 people gathered for a group photo between two banners that read Youth Development

Glasgow Life's Youth team has been confirmed as one of three finalists in the YouthLink Scotland National Youth Work Awards in the Digital & STEM category. The awards recognise those who are helping young people to navigate their online lives and create the tech superstars of the future.

Glasgow Life Assistant Darren Stuart and team (pictured) undertook extensive STEM training to deliver their Young STEM Leaders pilot across two secondary schools in Glasgow, guiding young people through the wonderful world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The team's dedication has turned S1 pupils, who initially found leading group sessions a daunting challenge, into confident, aspiring leaders, particularly evident during their exhibitions at local primary schools.

Employing a youth-led approach, the team injected excitement and engagement into the programme, responding to the young people's interests and suggestions for the showcase events.

The team's commitment to creating an inclusive, engaging, and educational environment has not only inspired participants towards STEM careers but has also significantly improved their teamwork, leadership, and communication skills, marking a notable impact in the Glasgow community.

Commenting on the programme, Drumchapel High School's Depute Head said: "I am so proud of each of them, as I know this would have been nerve wracking for some of them. It must have been such a great experience for the Primary 3 pupils also".

The winners of the Youthlink Scotland National Youth Work Awards will be announced at an award ceremony in Glasgow on Wednesday 12 June.