Young STAND Awards

Location: Scotland
Demographic: young people aged 15-18
Delivery setting: communities

Years active: 2014 - present
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Keywords: youth; communities; Scotland


Young Scots Tackling Alcohol and Drugs

The Young STAND Awards is an innovative awards scheme aimed at recognising, rewarding and supporting youth-led projects in Scotland that help to prevent children and young people from misusing alcohol and other drugs. The scheme, which is now in its third year, is run in partnership with the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy (SCPHRP).

STAND Awards.jpg Mentor and SCPHRP believe that effective prevention begins with young people. We know that young people across Scotland are developing and delivering a range of creative approaches to tackling alcohol and drug misuse, and we believe that they deserve recognition for their hard work and support to continue making a difference to young people’s lives.

So each year we invite applications from projects across Scotland and a judging panel selects finalists to attend an awards ceremony; winning finalists are awarded a cash prize and continuing support to further develop their project.

Since its inception, we have been overwhelmed and inspired by the number and diversity of prevention initiatives. Projects have included developing apps and websites, peer education initiatives in schools and communities, mentoring projects, and sports- and drama-based initiatives.


Young STAND Awards 2015

This year, our two finalists were asked to create an eight-minute video on their project, based on the theme, "Young People are the Key." The two groups of young people presented their videos at the UKCRC Public Health Conference, hosted by SCPHRP, and were awarded their prizes by the Minister for Public Health, Ms Maureen Watt MSP.

Winner: World of Wonka


Congratulations to World of Wonka from Dumfries, who won the overall prize, for their creative drama-based approach to substance misuse prevention. World of Wonka brings together young people, youth workers, health professionals and drama professionals, and offers experiential learning to address a range of health and wellbeing issues. Using the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory theme, young people tackle poverty (Charlie), body image (Augustus), substance misuse (Violet), bullying (Veronica), domestic abuse (Mike), and diversity and equality (Willie Wonka). The final product has been performed at Dumfries’s Youth Beatz festival.

Runner up: The Klub / Boost


The runner up award went to The Klub / Boost, from Tayside Council on Alcohol. Their youth group project engages with young people affected by a range of issues, including substance use, parental offending and marginalisation. The group empowers young people to identify issues and lead discussions on topics ranging from alcohol awareness to bullying to sexual health. The project aims to enhance engagement with education, training and employment, increase participation in community activities, and improve personal relationships.