AWARD LEADERS

Every day you make a difference by engaging and enriching the lives of the young people you work with. The Award has proven to be a very powerful youth development tool in the hands of an adult keen to work with young people. The President’s Award provides another opportunity to enhance your work with youth by offering a framework that seamlessly integrates with what you already do.

What is an Award Leader?

Award Leaders are the frontline of the Award, playing one of the most fundamental roles – that of developing the Participants with whom they are actively involved.  They are the support system for Participants and offer motivation and inspiration.  Without them, there simply would be no Award!

An Award Leader is the main contact of an Award Centre and is responsible for running The President’s Award at the organisation. In large organisations, there may be other volunteers who assist in the running of the Award – these people are usually called Assistant Leaders. As an Award Leader, you play a crucial role in the success of the Award. Without you, there would be no Award.

Your role is to engage young people in the programme, and encourage and inspire Participants throughout their Award Journey. Typically, an Award Centre will have two or more Award Leaders to spread the workload and to ensure continuity as the Award is usually completed over a 12 month period.

Who can be an Award Leader?

Each Award Centre must appoint at least one Award Leader who is the contact person and mentor for Award Participants. Award Leaders could be anyone from a teacher to a sporting coach to a Cadet leader! As long as they are appointed by an Award Centre.

You need to have a positive attitude, a great relationship with young people and meet the requirements of being an Award Leader.

What are the benefits of becoming an Award Leader?

Besides engaging with youth and aiding in their development of new skills, self-confidence, and a greater appreciation of the environment and community around them; you are building up your own skill set and resume with internationally recognised experience.

Award Leader Guidelines and Requirements

Award Leaders are the most important and influential people to Participants, as they have regular contact and look up to them as mentors and leaders.

Leaders should have the opportunity to meet regularly with participants and be available to support the youth as they work towards their President’s Award. All Award Leaders can access registration, training and resource materials through their Regional Office.

The Award Leader’s aim is to help young people within their group to earn their Award and be recognised for their achievement. Leaders can be a great help in coordinating the Adventurous Journey, too.

As such, there are responsibilities an Award Leader has to both the young people they lead and The President’s Award National Operating Authority. Please read the Award Leader Roles and Responsibilities and refer to our Handbook for more information.

What is the role of an Award Leader?

An Award Leader’s role within their group encompasses the following areas:

  1. Registering Participants and helping them get started with their Awards;
  2. Mentoring and supporting Participants as they work to complete their Award levels;
  3. Assessing or reviewing Award submissions; and
  4. Abiding by all policies set out by The Duke of Edinburgh’ International Award and The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment Trust.

Leader involvement includes:

  • Participating in Award Leader Training. Please contact your regional programme manager for details on upcoming workshops.
  • Celebrating achievements.
  • Helping participants organise activities that count towards Award levels.
  • Communicating with the Award Office in their province.
  • Instructing youth on how to enter activities in the online record book, correctly.
  • Sharing stories and news about their group and participants with your regional office.
  • Presenting achievement pins and certificates. 

Every day you make a difference by engaging and enriching the lives of the young people you work with. The Award has proven to be a very powerful youth development tool in the hands of an adult keen to work with young people. The President’s Award provides another opportunity to enhance your work with youth by offering a framework that seamlessly integrates with what you already do.

What is an Award Leader?

Award Leaders are the frontline of the Award, playing one of the most fundamental roles – that of developing the Participants with whom they are actively involved.  They are the support system for Participants and offer motivation and inspiration.  Without them, there simply would be no Award!

An Award Leader is the main contact of an Award Centre and is responsible for running The President’s Award at the organisation. In large organisations, there may be other volunteers who assist in the running of the Award – these people are usually called Assistant Leaders. As an Award Leader, you play a crucial role in the success of the Award. Without you, there would be no Award.

Your role is to engage young people in the programme, and encourage and inspire Participants throughout their Award Journey. Typically, an Award Centre will have two or more Award Leaders to spread the workload and to ensure continuity as the Award is usually completed over a 12 month period.

Who can be an Award Leader?

Each Award Centre must appoint at least one Award Leader who is the contact person and mentor for Award Participants. Award Leaders could be anyone from a teacher to a sporting coach to a Cadet leader! As long as they are appointed by an Award Centre.

You need to have a positive attitude, a great relationship with young people and meet the requirements of being an Award Leader.

What are the benefits of becoming an Award Leader?

Besides engaging with youth and aiding in their development of new skills, self-confidence, and a greater appreciation of the environment and community around them; you are building up your own skill set and resume with internationally recognised experience.

Award Leader Guidelines and Requirements

Award Leaders are the most important and influential people to Participants, as they have regular contact and look up to them as mentors and leaders.

Leaders should have the opportunity to meet regularly with participants and be available to support the youth as they work towards their President’s Award. All Award Leaders can access registration, training and resource materials through their Regional Office.

The Award Leader’s aim is to help young people within their group to earn their Award and be recognised for their achievement. Leaders can be a great help in coordinating the Adventurous Journey, too.

As such, there are responsibilities an Award Leader has to both the young people they lead and The President’s Award National Operating Authority. Please read the Award Leader Roles and Responsibilities and refer to our Handbook for more information.

What is the role of an Award Leader?

An Award Leader’s role within their group encompasses the following areas:

  1. Registering Participants and helping them get started with their Awards;
  2. Mentoring and supporting Participants as they work to complete their Award levels;
  3. Assessing or reviewing Award submissions; and
  4. Abiding by all policies set out by The Duke of Edinburgh’ International Award and The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment Trust.

Leader involvement includes:

  • Participating in Award Leader Training. Please contact your regional programme manager for details on upcoming workshops.
  • Celebrating achievements.
  • Helping participants organise activities that count towards Award levels.
  • Communicating with the Award Office in their province.
  • Instructing youth on how to enter activities in the online record book, correctly.
  • Sharing stories and news about their group and participants with your regional office.
  • Presenting achievement pins and certificates. 

Handbook for Award Leaders 7th ed.