Young Leader

Young Leader Qualification (14-18)

The Young Leader Qualification (YLQ) is designed to help you take an active, positive part in running a unit. It is open to members of Girlguiding, aged 14 to 18 who volunteer with a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide unit.  They could be working towards their Young leader qualification (YLQ) or the Leadership qualification
(LQ), for which they are eligible from the age of 16. They may also be Rangers and undertaking some of the opportunities available for Rangers, listed on the Girlguiding website.

Why should I get involved?

You will develop skills in leadership, communication and team working – all which make impressive additions to any CV.  Working towards the YLQ will also help you to contribute more to your local unit Leadership Team and become more confident in your role. Finally, if you decide to move on to the Leadership Qualification (LQ), you will find that you have already completed several of the required modules.

What does it entail?

The qualification consists of six practical modules, which are completed at the same time as volunteering with a unit.

  • Module 1: Go! and sectional training – focuses on the Girlguiding membership system (Go!) and learning more about the section you are working with.
  • Module 2: Leadership – looks at different leadership styles and when you should use them, for example with girls of different ages.
  • Module 3: Planning – allows you to demonstrate how well you understand the programme for the section you volunteer with. It will help you to make sure that the programme is right for the range of ages and abilities in your unit, that all girls take part in planning the programme, and the activities are enjoyable for the girls.
  • Module 4: Working with girls – allows you to demonstrate that you understand the girls you work with and can provide the best opportunities for them to grow and develop.
  • Module 5: Local guiding – looks at the structure of guiding in your local area and how you are supported within this.
  • Module 6: Your role in guiding – is about you showing that you understand the Promise and Law, and your commitment to guiding.

Who is responsible for supporting a Young Leader to complete the Qualifi­cation and what is their role?

In most cases, this is the Unit Leader or Assistant Leader in the Unit. We have a County YL and Senior Section Adviser – who can be contacted on

What are the first steps?

Get in touch with your local commissioner or leader/adviser for Rangers or young leaders. They will be able to provide your young leader with support, as well as information about online resources such as the downloadable YLQ workbook which contains the YLQ syllabus and sign-off space for each of the elements. Your young leader should have a supporter. This is the person she will talk to as she works through her qualification. She can choose her own supporter, which you can help her with, or the commissioner can assist in finding one. They could be someone within the unit, another leader, a young leader adviser, or someone
else who has experience of the YLQ.

Who is responsible for signing the record book?

Any member who has seen you fulfil a requirement can sign your record book, your Leader, supporter or the girls in your unit.

What happens when a Young Leader completes the award?

When the award is completed, the District Commissioner signs the record book and then notifies the County Office of the girl’s name/unit and date achieved so that a badge and certificate can be sent for presentation;

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