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Oxfam youth action groups

If you're in school or sixth form college in England and want to be part of the movement to overcome poverty and suffering, then Oxfam's Youth Ambassadors programme is for you.

As a Youth Ambassador, Oxfam will help you put your ideas into action and make them a reality, whether that's holding a school assembly or event, getting in your local paper, meeting your MP or going to parliament.

Youth Ambassadors work towards the Oxfam Youth Ambassadors badge. Receiving the badge publicly recognises your achievements and the new skills you have developed.

How do I become an Oxfam Youth Ambassador?

Get a group of your friends together and ask a teacher to support you. Your teacher will need to download a registration form and email it to

Find out more about being an Oxfam Youth Ambassador

Video: Members of Sir John Lawes School Youth Action Group explain how they got started.

Youth Achievement Award

To help you get recognition for all the great work you do you can sign up to do your Youth Achievement Award with Oxfam.

About the Youth Achievement Award

The Youth Achievement Award (YAA) is a way of you getting recognition for the great work you do as part of an Oxfam Youth Action Group.

It's accredited by ASDAN, meaning that many employers, colleges and universities will see it as a valuable award to have.

Your YAA is made of a number of 15 hour challenges, which can include preparation, travel time and research as well as the time actually spent doing your planned activities.

Levels of Award

You can choose which level of award to go for, depending on the role you take on as part of your group and the number of 15 hour challenges you complete:

  • The Bronze award is for those taking part in activities along with other young people. It consists of four 15 hour challenges.
  • The Silver award is for those helping to plan, lead or organize activities with other young people. It consists of six 15 hour challenges.
  • The Gold award is for those leading and organising activities involving other young people. It consists of seven 15 hour challenges.

Support from Oxfam

To enable you to take part, Oxfam can help your school to register with YAA.

Oxfam will provide you with challenge sheets, based around our campaigns issues, which will help you plan your 15 hour challenges as a group.

As you work through your challenges, you will need to collect evidence (such as photo's and worksheets) of the work you've done and use this to compile a portfolio. You can complete your portfolio online.

Oxfam's Youth and Schools Team will work with you and your school to help you compile your evidence and submit it for approval.

If you'd like to take part, please indicate this on your Oxfam Youth Action Group registration form.

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