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Youth Work

70% of YMCAs in Scotland provide a range of traditional youth clubs, drop-ins and street based youth work activities.

These clubs and activities are open access to all young people and are often the first point of contact between young people and youth work services. YMCA youth work is committed to making a difference for all young people and contributing to the National Youth Work Outcomes:

  • Young people are confident, resilient and optimistic for the future
  • Young people manage personal, social and formal relationships
  • Young people create, describe and apply their learning and skills
  • Young people participate safely and effectively in groups
  • Young people consider risk, make reasoned decisions and take control
  • Young people express their voice and demonstrate social commitment
  • Young people broaden their perspectives through new experiences and thinking


Our Digital Youth Work improves young people’s digital skills by developing their problem solving abilities.

Through various workshops, we support young people as they gain confidence using digital technology in ways that are relevant to them and to their aspirations.

YMCAs in Paisley and Perth are supporting young people as they set up small digital social enterprises. Through this, young people get the opportunity to work alongside industry experts whilst acquiring vital work experience.

Recent research has shown that girls are under-represented in Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) occupations. To address this, Paisley YMCA has set up a STEM for girls workshops which now welcomes over 45 young girls a week.