What is the Young Leaders Programme?

A DofE Young Leader is a DofE participant who takes on additional responsibility to support the DofE at their centre alongside adult Leaders, and who are trained by the DofE to fulfil their role. They provide peer to peer support and help other young people to access and achieve their DofE programme from a relatable standpoint.

The Young Leaders Programme aims to put young people at the heart of what Licensed Organisations do, in line with our Youth Without Limits strategy, developing participants’ leadership skills and contributing to their personal development. It’s an asset to a young person’s CV and can count towards their Volunteering section – though it doesn’t have to.

The DofE provides training to help Young Leaders make the most of their role and individual centres work with young leaders to decide on suitable responsibilities and commitment. There is no cost to you or the Young Leaders.

You can select up to two young people to become DofE Young Leaders. They’ll attend an initial virtual training session, then agree with you what activities they’re going to support with. They’ll attend two online modules of their choice to support their planned activities. At the end of their time as a Young Leader, they’ll attend an exit session to achieve their Young Leader Certificate.

How to get involved:

We have further information, including what Young Leaders can do, plus all the tools you need to nominate and support young people on their journey in our Toolkit for Leaders. You can also read our Session Outline and Young Leader eDofE Account FAQs.

Speak to your Operations Officer or contact [email protected] if you have any further questions.

What’s inside the toolkit?

  • Programme Overview
  • DofE Young Leader Role description
  • What DofE Young Leaders can do
  • Programme guidance for DofE Leaders
  • Optional recruitment tools

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