Young Islanders are being given a voice, thanks to a new award launched by the Isle of Wight Youth Council.

The Youth Voice Award, or YoVA, will recognise outstanding engagement by schools with young people by rewarding them with either bronze, silver or gold certificates.

Details on the scheme have been sent out to secondary schools, and it is hoped the ‘YoVAs’ will be adopted in time for the next academic year.

The first awards will be dished out in December, giving schools the chance to work towards the next tier in time for the next hand out.

Youth Council Chairman Tom Jackson said:

“We are very excited about rolling out YoVA and can’t wait to see where it goes from here. The Youth Council has a voice with the local Council, YoVA aims to allow every young person a voice in their schools.”