Presentation on theme: "The National Youth Achievement Award"— Presentation transcript:
1 The National Youth Achievement Award Making Youth Leaders out of Ordinary Singaporeans2.9.2
2 Aim of the AwardTo encourage young people aged to develop personal qualities ofSelf reliancePerseveranceSense of responsibility to oneself, to society and to the nation.
3 BackgroundMore than 111 countries worldwide are operating the Award Programme under various titlesThe NYAA Programme was officially launched in Singapore on 9th May 1992 by H.E. President Wee Kim Wee at the Istana.
4 BackgroundNYAA is advised by an Advisory Board chaired by Mr Mah Bow Tan, Minister for National DevelopmentNYAA is administered by a National Council chaired by Prof Leo Tan, Director, National Institute of EducationNYAA Secretariat is headed by an executive director, Mr James SohNYAA Singapore is a Full Member of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association
5 National Youth Achievement Award Mission StatementTo develop and maximize the potential of young people through selfless community service, challenges of adventure, skills development and physical recreation so that they may be exceptional individuals, who can contribute effectively to society and the nation.2.9.2
6 What NYAA offers? Key Benefits: Leadership training Project management skillsDevelopment and expansion of personal interestsAdventure and discoveryAn opportunity to be an exceptional individual
7 Benefits of the Programme No losers! Completing the Programme means earning an awardNational and international recognitionSelf-improvement -- discover new talents, abilities and skillsParticipate in recreational and creative challengesMeet new and interesting people
8 Opportunity and Challenge Offers equal opportunities to all young people aged 14-25Non-competitive -- you only compete against yourself to improve yourselfPhysically less able and disadvantaged youths can participate on an equal basisVoluntary and flexible -- projects completed on your own time
9 How it works Bronze Award: Silver Award: Ages 14-25 Min. 6 months (For existing Bronze Award holders: Min. 6 months)
10 How it works Gold Award: Ages 16-25 Min. 18 months (For existing Silver Award holders: Min. 12 months)
11 Minimum age to receive an Award: How it worksMinimum age to receive an Award:Bronze: 14.5 years oldSilver: 16 years old(15.5 years old forBronze Award holders)Gold: 17.5 years old(17 years old forSilver Award holders)
12 Four Sections of the Award Programme ServiceAdventurous JourneySkillsPhysical RecreationResidential Project (only applicable to Gold Award Participants)
13 ServicePurpose:To develop a sense of responsibility to the community and become better citizensTo experience community building and bonding through serviceTo learn through helping others
14 Service Examples: Volunteering in a Neighbourhood Police Post Fund-raising projectsEnvironmental protection and nature conservation projectsCaring for animalsHelping out in homes for the elderly or in children’s homesVolunteering in local hospitalsWorking with the disabledOr pursue an activity of your own choosing
15 Service The Challenge: To offer community service regularly Bronze: 15 hours over a period of 3 monthsSilver: 30 hours over a period of 6 monthsGold: 60 hours over a period of 12 months
16 Service Respect, love and care for our community and environment Whether it is cleaning up the sea, preserving historic monuments or assisting the disabled, Service is designed to developRespect, love and care for our community and environment
17 Adventurous Journey Discover more about yourself! Purpose: Adventure and discoveryDiscover more about yourself!
18 Adventurous Journey Camping Jungle trekking Mountain biking Sailing Examples:CanoeingCampingJungle trekkingMountain bikingSailingOr create your own adventure -- at home or abroad
19 Adventurous Journey The Challenge: Plan, train for and undertake a ventureBronze: 2 days/1 nightSilver: 3 days/2 nightsGold: 4 days/3 nights
20 Adventurous JourneyTeamwork and group cohesiveness work hand in hand to make the expeditions a success.
21 Skills Purpose: Develop and expand personal interests Gain useful knowledge and skills and set a foundation for future learning
22 SkillsExamples:Or pursue a new skill of your own choosing
23 Skills The Challenge: Show individual progress and sustained interest Bronze: 6 monthsSilver: 12 monthsGold: 18 months
24 National Youth Achievement Award SkillsSkills stay with us for life, and so will the vivid memories of the time invested in picking up the skill.In the company of like-minded friends, through the sharing of knowledge and the exchange of help between one another, learning a new skill has never been more fun.2.9.2
25 Physical Recreation Purpose: Healthy body, spirit and mind To develop strength, stamina, endurance and perseveranceTo empower you with confidence and self-esteem to help you face challenges in daily life
26 National Youth Achievement Award Physical RecreationExamples:2.9.2
27 National Youth Achievement Award Physical RecreationExamples:Or pursue an activity or your own choosing2.9.2
28 Physical Recreation The Challenge: To show improvement in overall performanceBronze: 20 hours spread over 8 weeksSilver: 30 hours spread over 10 weeksGold: 40 hours spread over 12 weeks
29 Physical RecreationPhysical recreation brightens up our spirits, sharpens our alertness and keeps our health in check. Above all, it is fun.
30 Residential Project (Gold participants only) Purpose:Cross physical and cultural boundaries to help communities bear out extremities and hardshipProvide community service at home or abroad through residential projectsBecome global citizens by helping others
31 Residential Project The Challenge: To undertake or initiate a project that will have a beneficial impact on the community at large, be it at home or abroad.
32 Residential ProjectTravelling to foreign countries exposes one to exciting sights, sounds and smells. The residential project allows the participants to live the local lifestyle, not as a mere traveller, but as a resident.
33 Residential ProjectLiving, eating and working with the locals, our participants are exposed to a culture beyond their own. This challenges them to exercise their initiative, creativity and camaraderie to benefit the community at large.
34 Recognition for Personal Achievement The Award Programme celebrates personal achievement that is measured against original circumstances and potential capabilities.Every participant can be a winner!
35 Recognition and Achievement After completing the programme, participants are invited to an award ceremony. They will receive a certificate and a badge from a minister in recognition for their efforts.
36 Recognition for Personal Achievement Participants and winners are fromall walks of life
37 Getting Involved Step 1 : Getting the enrolment form The enrolment form may be obtained fromThe school’s award coordinatorThe NYAAC’s office located at:277 River Valley Road#02-01 StarDuS ClubhouseSingaporeTel: Fax:Web site at
38 Getting Involved Step 2 : Sending in the form and fee A nominal fee is charged for each level as an indication of your commitment to the Programme.Fees are: Bronze: $5Silver: $10Gold: $15Submit enrolment forms and fees toThe school’s award coordinatorORThe NYAA Secretariat
39 Getting Involved Step 3 : Receiving the Award Diary and Record Book These two items will be issued to you upon submission of the enrolment form and fee.The Award Diary and Record Book represent the experiences and achievements of the participant. They act as a record of success and achievement.
40 Getting InvolvedStep Find an instructor for each of your chosen activities and work out a schedule. The Programme usually takes up about one hour per week of your leisure time.Step Begin your activities and record your progress. Your Record Book is to be completed and signed by your instructor.Step Send your Record Book and Diary to your award coordinator who will submit it to the NYAA Secretariat for endorsement. Upon approval, you will be invited to receive your badge and certificate at an Awards Ceremony.
41 Resources Should you need help or more information Seek assistance from your school’s Award Co-ordinatorCall the NYAA Secretariat atyour questions to the NYAA Council atVisit the NYAAC’s website at