Young STEM Leader (YSL)
In its Strategy for STEM Education and Training (2017), the Scottish Government committed to establish ‘a new Young STEM Leader (YSL) programme to stimulate and strengthen the development of peer mentoring and inspiration in STEM for young people by young people.’ The YSL Programme aims to inspire more young people to develop an interest in STEM and pursue the study of STEM subjects and relevant future pathways.
All levels of the programme share key elements and principles such as YSLs delivering STEM activities, events and interactions; challenges stereotypes, misconceptions and outdated views in STEM; and YSLs acting as positive role models. As well as allowing the YSLs to develop important leadership, communication and employability skills, working towards a YSL Award will also motivate young people to progress in STEM studies and perhaps embark on a STEM career. Importantly, this programme aims to promote curiosity in young people, encouraging them to learn about the world around them in a fun and engaging way.