Project information

Internationally Engaging Youth

To invite Gold Award holders from priority countries to our International Gold Event, which enables Award holders to contribute to the development of the Award Programme on a national and international level. Find out more

December 2010 - September 2011

Charity information: The Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Association

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  • Need


    To be a youth programme that is as relevant tomorrow as it is today we need to help participants and young people with little or no experience of the Award or other youth organisations to gain experience and knowledge of youth policies and agandas', enable them to meet like minded young people and take their experiences back to their communities thereby helping to inform youth policy and promote non-formal educational opportunities, as well as the Award Programme.


    Every three years the International Award Association hosts the International Gold Event. The International Gold Event is the premier global youth event of the Association. It is open to selected participants (Gold Award holders) from all of the Association's 62 National Award Authorities and is the venue for election of the 12 youth representatives at International Council. We propose for the first time in the history of the Association to invite a delegate from 15 key countries to the event.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide developmental opportunities for young people giving them the opportunity to attend the event


    » - identify one youth delegate from each of our 15 priority countries and secure their flights to and from Kenya and pay their delegate fees
    » - through workshops and seminars enable them to participate in steering the Award and meet like-minded young people
    » - experience the opportunity to complete sections of their Award Programme
    » - take their experiences back to their home countries and communities helping to inform youth policy and promote non-formal educational opportunities

    Success will be welcoming 15 youth representatives who will participate in the event, learn about the Award, participate in the Award and represent their countries and organisation

    Aim 2

    Provide developmental opportunities for Gold Award holders


    » - identify 5 Gold Award holders from those selected who can't afford to attend and secure their flights to and from Kenya and pay their delegate fees
    » - through workshops and seminars enable them to participate in steering the Award and meet like-minded young people

    Success will be welcoming 5 Gold Award holders who will represent their countries, learn about the importance of capacity building, leadership skills and the areas impacting youth

    Aim 3

    One member of the Association's Programme Team to undertake a recce to Kenya to support the event


    » - they will travel to Kenya to help design and plan the event, participate in meetings with potential sponsors, approve the venue, help devise plans

    Success will be a secured venue, support from local people, the government and other stakeholders for the event, a well planned and executed event, local interest in the Programme

  • Impact


    The project will enable young people to come to together and share their experiences, improve self esteem, develop a sense of responsibility to others and to the broader society, inform, impact and influence policy at a national, regional and global level through the opportunity to participate in a youth development framework like the Award which works with multiple stakeholders to address global youth development and policy issues


    - A political crisis in Kenya - the government is stable and at present represents no risk to the event being cancelled
    - A lack of young people coming forward from other youth organisations to participate in the event. We have a long and established history as an non-formal education programme for young people and work closely with partners on the ground to ensure a quality Award Programme. As such we do not expect that there will be young people unwilling to use this opportunity.


    Funders of this project will receive a report 6 months and one year after the event which will include how participants will use the opportunities gained to make a difference in their communities and how they will work with Award teams and other organisation to influence youth development and policy

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £69,080

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      Amount Heading Description
      £43,400 Flights and delegates fees Pay for the flights and delegates fee of 15 delegates and 5 Gold Award holders
      £14,400 Wedsite development Website, delegate packs, resources, materials
      £11,280 Management and Recce £6280 as management costs to cover staff time, office costs etc and £5000 as the amount neededfor th
  • Background


    The project is located in Kenya which is the location of the regional office for the Award in the Africa region. Kenya has been running the Award since 1971 and as such celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2011. This coupled with its central location and thriving youth population make the Kenya the perfect choice for hosting the event.


    Young people between the ages of 14 and 25 who are struggling to afford to attend prominent youth events, the local Kenyan community, local Kenyan businesses, the Award Association and its many partners

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully developed the Award Programme over the past 54 years enabling young people between the ages of 14 to 25 regardless of background or ability, the opportunity to participate in a global programme designed to encourage individual challenge, goal setting and team work, supporting them to develop life skills and positively impact their communities.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Youth Representatives

    Their role will be to represent their youth organisations, get to know the Award Programme, have the opportunity to undertake a Section of their Award

    Gold Award Holders

    Their role will be to present the views of Award participants and Award holders from their own country and participate in activities

    Participants And Gold Award Holders

    Participating in team building and leadership training, technical presentations, discussions and debates, Service project, cultural showcasing

    International Staff And Volunteers

    To help plan and implement the 15 day conference which will focus on the three topics: diversity, enterprise, environment.