Young STAND Awards


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Location: Scotland
Demographic: young people aged 15-18
Delivery setting: communities
Years active: 2014 – present
Contact email: admin-scotland@mentoruk.org
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).

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.