• May 7, 2020
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Owing to a recent commitment made by the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare to partner with the International Award for Young People Nigeria to create an opportunity for young people in National Youth Service Corps NYSC to take part in the Award, we are researching how young graduates in the NYSC between the ages of 19-24 can be best engaged through the Award.

The information below outlines a brief guide on how young graduates can participate in the Award. We ask that you kindly go through this guide and click on the link at the bottom of this guide to take a short survey.


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global framework for non-formal education and learning, which challenges young people to dream big, celebrate their achievements and make a difference in their world. Through developing transferable skills, increasing their fitness levels, cultivating a sense of adventure and volunteering in their community, the Award helps young people to find their purpose, passion and place in the world.

It operates in more than 130 countries and territories, helping to inspire millions of young people to take control and make their own choices. And although the Award’s framework remains the same wherever it is delivered, no two Awards are the same. Instead, each young person designs and creates their own bespoke programme, unique to them. There are currently more than a million young people doing their Award around the world, via hundreds of thousands of youth-focused partners and operators who are in tune with the interests and challenges facing young people today, including schools, universities, youth organisations, examination boards and youth offender institutions.

Chrysalis Youth Foundation is registered under the laws of Nigeria as a not for profit Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to carrying out activities to promote youth development in Nigeria. It is licensed by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation; a registered charity which drives and supports the Award’s global activity and growth, ensuring that young people worldwide can find their purpose, passion and place in the world. The Award is implemented in Nigeria under the approved name The International Award for Young People Nigeria.

Our vision is to reach more young people in Nigeria from diverse backgrounds and equip them as individuals to succeed in life.

Our long-term ambition is that every eligible young person in Nigeria will have the opportunity to participate in the Award.

What is the Award?

The Award is about individual challenge and developing a sense of commitment. As every individual is different, so too are the challenges that young people undertake to achieve their Award. With guidance from their Award Leader, Assessors or other Award volunteers, each young person designs and creates their own bespoke programme, unique to them, then set themselves challenges in the four different sections of the Award. These challenges should be overcome through persistence and determination.

To help young people overcome their challenges, the Award provides them with opportunities to learn from experiences. So it isn’t just undertaking Award activities that are important. It’s reflecting on what one has learned from each activity that really makes a difference. 


There are three levels of the Award:

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold

At each level, participants must set themselves personal goals in each section. These goals should be achievable and progressive, and ultimately allow the young person to feel a sense of achievement when they complete each section.

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The Award has four sections designed to provide a balanced program of personal development. These sections are as follows:

Service, which aims to understand the value of giving service to others and their community.

Skills, which encourages the development of personal interests, creativity or practical skills.

Physical Recreation, which encourages participation in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness.

Adventurous Journey, which encourages a spirit of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a journey in a group.

Note:It is important for participants to participate in planning of Adventurous Journeys as the essence is about shared responsibility, leadership from within the group, self-reliance and cooperation among those taking part. The Award leader’s role is to give guidance in the process and supervise the actual journey.


A purposeful activity has been undertaken over a total period of no fewer than five consecutive days (four nights away). Alternatively, with the permission of the Award leader, a series of linked weekends undertaken within a 12 month period.

This project broadens a young person’s experience through involvement with others unknown to them in a residential setting. Majority of the participant’s companions in the project are people with whom they are unfamiliar when the project began.

Note:There is need for participants to participate in the planning of the Gold Residential Project as the essence is also about shared responsibility, leadership from within the group, self-reliance and cooperation among those taking part. The Award Leader’s role is to give guidance in the planning process and supervise the Gold Residential Project.After the Residential Project is carried out, the participant should record details of the journey on the Project including the dates and area the project was undertaken and the assessor must write and sign a report in the participant’s ORB.


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