Young Leader qualification

If you're between 14 and 18, develop your leadership skills while supporting a local unit with the Young Leader qualification

The Young Leader qualification (YLQ) is designed to help you take an active, positive part in running a Rainbow, Brownie or Guide unit. It is open to anyone in guiding aged 14 to 18.

Why should I get involved?

You'll develop skills in leadership, communication and team working – all of which make impressive additions to any CV. Working towards the qualification 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, you'll find that you've already completed several of the required modules.

I liked doing my Young Leader qualification as it built up my confidence and I enjoy working with young children. It has helped me to get a job as I am more confident and able to speak to more people. – Holly, 15

What's involved?

The Young Leader qualification is made up of six practical modules, which you complete 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. 

For module 1 part b, the ‘Being a Leader’ e-learning has been replaced by the 3 Being a leader videos on the leadership skills webpage. Young leaders could also do the Programme planning e-learning on the learning platform to cover this part of the qualification.

  • 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'll 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're 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.

You need to be helping out a unit as a young leader before you begin this qualification, so talk to your leader or your local commissioner to find out if there are units in your area that you could support.

Take the lead

Download a copy of the Young Leader qualification workbook to get started.

You can also download a table to help you evaluate activities in your unit as part of your Young Leader qualification.