WHAT IS THE AWARD?

The Award equips young people for life and work

Not all learning happens in the classroom. Young people need experiences outside the classroom to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world.

The Award is available to all 14-24 year olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement award. It equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements.

Participants are required to complete various activities over a set period of time in order to earn the Award. Upon completion, they are awarded a certificate and badge for the Level they have completed. In South Africa, the certificates have the signatures of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip and His Excellency, President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa. The certificates are recognised globally by employers and institutions of higher learning.

How is the Award Achieved?

To earn an Award, each young person must learn a skill, improve their physical well-being, volunteer in their community and experience a team adventure in a new environment. All Participants are supported by a network of adult Award Leaders, Assessors, and Supervisors.

KEY ELEMENTS

Enrolment

The award is open to enrolment for all young people between the ages of 14 and 24.

Enrolment

The award is open to enrolment for all young people between the ages of 14 and 24.

Three Levels

Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels with increasing increments of skills training with each level.

Three Levels

Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels with increasing increments of skills training with each level.

Four Sections

Physical Recreation, Skills, Voluntary Service, Adventurous Journey plus Gold Residential Project (Gold Level only)

Four Sections

Physical Recreation, Skills, Voluntary Service, Adventurous Journey plus Gold Residential Project (Gold Level only)

Self-Improvement

Achieving an Award recognises individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement.

Self-Improvement

Achieving an Award recognises individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement.

Time requirements

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BRONZE LEVEL

AGE 14 AND OVER
MINIMUM 6 MONTHS

Silver Level

AGE 15 AND OVER
Minimum 6 months if Bronze Level is completed
12 months for direct entrants

Gold Level

AGE 16 AND OVER
Minimum 12 months if Silver Level is completed
18 months for direct entrants

Why do the Award?

For the thousands of young people who take part in developing themselves through the Award each year, the benefits of achieving The President’s Award at any level are endless. The Award is about helping you along the path to a productive and prosperous future. As many of our participants say, it’s life-changing experience.

Achieving an Award will give you skills, confidence and an edge over others when you apply for college, university or a job. Beyond your academic achievements, universities want to see evidence of so called ‘soft skills’ that you have developed through extra-curricular activities, such as communication, commitment, leadership and teamwork. Your President’s Award is a fantastic way to demonstrate these skills in practice.

You’ll also make a difference to other people’s lives and your community, be fitter and healthier, make new friends and have memories to last you a lifetime.

Award Framework

The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections

Participants complete all four Sections at each level in order to achieve either their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. At Gold level, Participants also complete a Gold Residential Project.

voluntary

Voluntary Service

physical

Physical Recreation

skills

Skills

adventure

Adventurous Journey

voluntary

Gold Residential Project

Award Impact

The Award equips young people for life through the development of universal skills enabling them to become responsible, committed, dedicated citizens. It provides a framework for non-formal education and has set guiding principles, with proven outcomes for young people who complete the Award. It creates experiential learning opportunities to help young people discover talents that do not necessarily show up in the classroom context. The programme brings together practical experiences and life skills, building confidence, encouraging physical health and recreation, and motivating young people to engage with their communities. The Award is structured to develop soft skills, preparing young people for the world of employment and thriving during high school and tertiary education.

SURVEY RESPONSES

71% of business leaders and 63% of young people asserted that formal education alone is not enough to equip young people to be world ready. According to business leaders surveyed during the 2018 Global Survey; the following skills are considered important in helping young people become ready for the world in the order of importance:

Individual Skills

  • Confidence
  • Resilience
  • Determination

Analytics

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem-solving skills

Social Skills

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership skills

Humanitarian Skills

  • Empathy
  • Adaptability
  • Intercultural and Civic Engagement

Technical Ability

  • Technical Knowledge
  • Practical Technical Skills
Made Friends
80%
Found the Award Challenging and Fun
93%
Recommend The Award
91%
Tried Something New
94%

Theory of change

THE ENTIRE PROCESS

INPUT

The costs involved in delivering the Award (to the National Award Operator, Award Unit, participant, volunteer, supporter, etc.)

OUTPUT

Participants undertake regular activities in four main sections:

  • Physical Recreation
  • Voluntary Service
  • Skills
  • Adventurous Journey
  • Gold Residential Project

OUTCOMES

Participants develop social and emotional capabilities such as:

  • Confidence
  • Managing Feelings
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Resilience and determination
  • Creativity and adaptability

IMPACT

This leads to longer term impacts, such as:

  • Improved employability and earning potential
  • Improved physical health and fitness
  • Improved mental health and well-being
  • Increased engagement with charitable and community cases
  • Improved environmental impact
  • Increased social cohesion
  • Reduced offending

SOCIAL VALUE

Participants develop social and emotional capabilities such as:

  • Confidence
  • Managing Feelings
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Resilience and determination
  • Creativity and adaptability

Global Award Alumni Network

We are excited to share that South Africa has launched its Alumni platform on the Global Award Alumni Network. It is a global networking platform for people that have completed their Bronze/Silver/Gold; one of the benefits is that registered Alumni will also have access to available opportunities such as internships, scholarships, employment, etc.

We would like to create a thriving Global Award Alumni Network with Award holders across the world. We’d like to use this opportunity to extend the invite to you, as someone that has completed an Award Level. We have some great ideas and we’d also like to hear what would make an interesting worthwhile and fun network for all. This is a great time to share your thoughts so that we could include them in our plans.

Follow the link to register: https://alumni.intaward.org/

Best wishes,

The President’s Award Team

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