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Young Reporters Scotland

Are you aged 11 – 21? Do you care about the environment? Want to make a positive change in your community? Become a Young Reporter and have your say on the issues that matter to you!

If you are 11 - 21 years old, we would love you to take part in our Young Reporters Scotland competition.  This is your opportunity to investigate and report on an environmental or sustainability issue which matters to you, empowering you to make your voices heard. You can build and develop your skills and creatively raise awareness of sustainability issues within your communities.

Our Young Reporters Scotland programme is part of the international Young Reporters for the Environment programme, which runs in 34 countries around the world.  It is coordinated internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education and which we manage in Scotland. The programme inspires young people to increase knowledge and awareness of an economically, socially and environmentally just world.

Taking part is your opportunity to have your voice heard on the issues that matter to you.

  • Build a range of life skills such as research, critical thinking and communication
  • Gain important experience for your CV or personal statement
  • Help raise awareness of the environmental issues that matter to you in your community
  • Inform others about important sustainability issues, events and projects
  • Inspire others to take action and make positive changes
  • Share ideas with young people around the world who care about similar issues
  • Learn how global issues affect local communities
  • Win great prizes - up for grabs every few months for the best reports

Do you have a Young Scot card or take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award or Girlguiding? If so, check out our supporters page to discover more benefits to taking part in Young Reporters Scotland.

Take part as an individual or a small group to create your report, whether writing an article, taking photographs or making a video. Each month there is a suggested theme to cover (although you don't have to stick to these), and a chosen submission is featured as the 'report of the month'. School or youth groups aged 15-18 can also choose to take part in the International Collaboration category, working with a group in another country to produce a joint article based on one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Competition

You can enter the competition anytime during the year and your entry will be sumbitted into the monthly competition. The best reports from throughout the year will be shortlisted and invited to our awards ceremony in April - a fantastic opportunity to meet other Young Reporters and have your hard work and achievements recognised.

Reports are judged in three age categories (11-14, 15-18 and 19-21) and by media type (written, photographic and video). The overall winners from each category are celebrated, and have their reports entered into the international competition, gaining the chance to be featured on the Huffington Post.

 

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