The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment

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046 622 7273
Main Fax
046 622 5416
Main Address
51 New Street
Grahamstown, EC 6139
South Africa
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OUR VISION is to become the self-development programme of choice for young people in South Africa.
Our mission, with the assistance of adult volunteer leaders, is to empower young people between the ages of 14 and 25, by providing a balanced, non-competitive framework for self-development that will increase their self-esteem and enhance their capacity to achieve in whatever context they find themselves in, enabling them to become responsible, active citizens within their communities.
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Civil Society Strengthening, Crime Prevention, Welfare and Social Development, Youth
Head Office Province
Eastern Cape
Provinces Served
South Africa (All Provinces)
The basic philosophy informing the Award Programme is its focus on individual challenge and holistic development for young people between the ages of 14 and 25. As every individual is different, so too are the challenges that young people undertake to achieve an Award. With guidance and mentoring from adult Award Leaders (e.g. teachers, community youth workers, prison warders and social workers), every young person is encouraged to reflect upon their interests, abilities and ambitions and set themselves challenges in the four different sections of the Award. The Award Programme’s basic structure consists of four sections: Community Service, Adventurous Journey, Skills Development and Physical Recreation which can be achieved at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. The Award levels are progressive and as one moves from one level to the next, the requirements are increased, which increases the level of the challenge, requiring increased persistence and determination from Award participants to overcome. There are over 10,000 active participants in South Africa (2012) and the Award Programme is currently being used by over 250 Award Units nationally (community youth groups, residential youth facilities, schools and correctional centres) as a workable framework for youth empowerment. It is being increasingly sought to provide a framework for youth-at-risk, providing them with a positive, affirming alternative to the social challenges which they face within their communities. The Award Programme is not a once off intervention but is a longer term process, taking between 3 to 5 years to complete all three levels of Bronze, Silver, and Gold.
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Branch Phone
011 325 4556
Branch Fax
011 325 4607
Network Name
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People
Network Phone
+44 20 72224242
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