Your first steps to becoming a qualified leader
Young Leaders take an active, positive role in helping to run a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide Unit. They have a great time doing lots of fun activities whilst also developing skills in leadership, communication and team working – all of which look fantastic on a CV or UCAS/college application form!
Some Young Leaders are also Rangers (or participate in Independent guiding) but that’s an optional extra, not a requirement.
Once they turn 16, they can choose to undertake the Young Leader Qualification (YLQ). Working towards the qualification can help Young Leaders to contribute more to their local leadership team and develop confidence within their role.
If they decide that they would like to complete their adult Leadership Qualification later, then sections which they’ve already completed for their YLQ, will count and therefore they won’t have to do them again!
Alternatively, some young members (aged 16+) choose to jump straight in with their adult Leadership Qualification, although they won’t be able to take on the role of Leaders or Assistant Leaders until they turn 18.
There’s plenty of further opportunities open to Young Leaders – International Trips, becoming a Peer Educator, Young Persons Awards to name a few. Check out the Girlguiding Anglia website here, for more exciting opportunities.