About the Award

The Award

The Award is a global framework for non-formal education, which challenges young people aged 14 to 24 to find their purpose, passion and place in the world by equipping them with the skills and confidence to discover their potential.


How is the Award Achieved?

The Award is a framework of activities. Each young person who takes part in the Award learns a skill, improves their physical fitness, volunteers in their community and experiences a team adventure in a new environment. Success in the Award is measured by regular participation over a fixed period of time while showing commitment and progress in each activity. All participants are supported by a network of adult mentors called Award Leaders, Assessors, and Coordinators.

Open to all young people aged 14 to 24.

Bronze, Silver, and Gold – each progressively more challenging.

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

Bronze – minimum 6 months

Silver – minimum 6 months if completed Bronze, otherwise 12 months for direct entrants

Gold – minimum 12 months if completed Silver, otherwise 18 months for direct entrants

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

Through this challenging journey of self-discovery, our Participants:

Are equipped and empowered to achieve their personal best.

Learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices.

Become connected to and actively engaged within their immediate community.

Make a real difference to society through their positive contributions and involvement.

Learn to persevere and overcome barriers to success.

Learn important life skills.

Increase their career opportunities.

Regular participation in activities is required to meet the time requirements of each Award Section and Level.

Focuses on capacity building by encouraging all young Nigerians to make independent decisions and to negotiate priorities through participation.

Provides a framework that works with all young people in any conceivable situation. This includes youth at risk, indigenous youth, refugees, marginalised youth, young people in regional and remote communities, and young people with disabilities.

Assists with the provision of social infrastructure in the community and draws together and connect people, institutions and generations with the common purpose of youth development and inclusion.