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Effective Youth Leadership Badges

EYL Badges System

21 Jun Effective Youth Leadership Badges

To support the learning of participants on Pathways to Youth Leadership the team developed a set of Open Badges called Effective Youth Leadership Badges. They were developed with the aim of supporting the learning of trainee youth workers, and to help guide them through realising their leadership potential with the young people they work with as well as identifying a standard for youth leadership.

The system also hopes to offer a bridge between theory and practice and encourages participants to learn how to transfer and apply the knowledge, skills and behaviours gained through participating and being engaged in the badge system and any training you may be receiving.

Although this badge system can also be used as stand-alone badge system we strongly recommend participation in training and seeking other possibilities to gain the reflective personal development opportunities the badge criteria are looking for.

Why Badges?

Many of us have had badges, wear badges and maybe still use badges, they often let people know which music we like, which sport teams we support, what political issues we feel passionate about and of course remind people that it is our birthday (and sometimes what age we are). These badges communicate a message to others about us and it is the same for badges gained in recognition for achievement and for a measurement of ability or skill.

Scouts and Guides have used badges for this purpose for many years and they have also been used in sport to show how far you can run or swim, the games you have played in and the games you have won.

A “digital badge” is an online record of achievements, tracking the recipient’s communities of interaction that issued the badge and the work completed to get it. Digital badges like the physical badges that we all know, are more and more being used to recognise learning and being used to stimulate goal setting, motivating and learning and achievement and celebrating attainment and successes.

badge [baj]: a special or distinctive mark, token, or device worn as a sign of allegiance, membership, authority and/or achievement. A badge is a symbol or indicator of an accomplishment, skill, quality or interest. (Source: Dictionary.com)

Digital Badges and Open Badges:

A digital badge is an online representation of a skill you’ve earned. Open Badges take that concept one step further, and allows you to verify your skills, interests and achievements through credible organisations and attaches that information to the badge image file, hard-coding the metadata for future access and review. Because the system is based on an open standard, earners can combine multiple badges from different issuers to tell the complete story of their achievements — both online and off. Badges can be displayed wherever earners want them on the web, and share them for employment, education or lifelong learning purposes.

Effective Youth Leadership Badges:

Our ‘Effective Youth Leadership’ badges have been designed and built initially for the Netherlands and for those wishing to embark on a journey of working with young people. The badges have been developed applying the wisdom and intentions of Stephen Covey’s book ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People’ and encourage learners to first look at their own achievement and recognition before then utilising the process with the young people they work with. We have developed five levels of badges for Effective Youth Leadership and these are; Explore, Reflect, Collaborate, Care and finally Share.

To find out more about badges contact us.

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