Young people can help make it another summer of sport to remember - and get recognised for it too

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DigitalMe's project Supporter to Reporter (S2R) is challenging young people across the UK to report on their school sports day this summer. Whether they are competing or not, all young people can take part and earn an S2R Medal for their sports reports.

Young people aged 5-19 can earn their S2R Bronze Producer Medal

Young people aged 5-19 can earn their S2R Bronze Producer Medal

I love earning the medals, especially when my story gets featured on the S2R homepage. It shows the effort that I have put in has been recognised and my work is being appreciated.

Fingers crossed we’re going to be in for another glorious summer, even if the weather doesn’t always play ball. So, what better way for young people to get out, keep active and get a bit of credit than achieving the new ‘Supporter to Reporter’ digital badges.

Brought to you by DigitalMe - a not-for-profit organisation that runs learning programs which develop young people’s life chances - The Supporter to Reporter (S2R) programme turns young people into journalists, producers and coaches. This summer, young people can earn their first S2R Medal - Bronze Producer, for creating a sports report from a Live Event e.g. School Sports Day.

There are nine other medals young people can earn, as part of the S2R programme to recognise a range of journalism, production and leadership skills.

Through S2R, young people aged 5 to 19 all over the country can learn vital workplace skills like communication, teamwork, how to meet deadlines, as well as digital media skills and web publishing. They create reports using video, audio, text and images, and publish them for the world to see on the safe social network Makewaves.

Over 150 young people are already on their way to earning their first S2R Medal and school sports day is a great way for young people to test out their media making and reporting skills and be rewarded for doing so.

Two sisters from St Paul’s Primary School, in Fife, Scotland are excited to have received their first S2R Medal in recognition of their sports reports. In primary school and known by their online names only to protect identities, Sweetheart1 and Ape30 have now created over 60 sports reports since the start of the year. Sweetheart1 said: “I love earning the medals, especially when my story gets featured on the S2R homepage. It shows the effort that I have put in has been recognised and my work is being appreciated.”

S2R Medals are a new digital way to recognise the range of skills learnt during the programme and provide a way to capture and share them with a wider community. S2R Medals use the new Mozilla Open Badge standard - a new way to digitally capture and share skills across the web. For anyone over 13, S2R Medals can be displayed on other Social Networks and CV sites using Mozilla Open Badge technology to demonstrate the skills they have achieved to Employers and Universities.

Tim Riches, CEO of DigitalMe, believes, "The time is right for an assessment solution which recognises the skills young people need to succeed in the 21st Century economy. Open Badges provides DigitalMe with the opportunity to make a significant breakthrough in this area."

Schools can get started with the S2R Programme for free. Sign up for a free platform and access resources to set up your school sports reporter team in time for your school sports day at http://www.makewav.es/s2r.

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