National Youth Achievement Award

Ordinary Youth, Extraordinary Lives

Aim of the Award
To encourage young people aged 14-25 to develop personal qualities of
 Self

reliance  Perseverance  Sense of responsibility to oneself, to society and to the nation.

Background

More than 113 countries worldwide are operating the Award Programme under various titles The NYAA Programme was officially launched in Singapore on 9th May 1992 by H.E. President Wee Kim Wee at the Istana.

Background

NYAA is advised by an Advisory Board chaired by Mr Mah Bow Tan, Minister for National Development NYAA is administered by a National Council chaired by Prof Leo Tan, Consultant to the World Bank NYAA Secretariat is headed by an Executive Director, Mr James Soh NYAA Singapore is a Full Member of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award International Association

Mission Statement
To develop and maximise 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.

What NYAA offers?
Key Benefits:
 Leadership

training  Project management skills  Development and expansion of personal interests  Adventure and discovery  An opportunity to be an exceptional individual

Benefits of the Programme
 No

losers! Completing the Programme means earning an award  National and international recognition  Self-improvement -- Discover new talents, abilities and skills  Participate in recreational and creative challenges  Meet new and interesting people

Opportunity and Challenge
 Offers

equal opportunities to all young people aged 14-25  Non-competitive -- You only compete against yourself to improve yourself  Physically less able and disadvantaged youths can participate on an equal basis  Voluntary and flexible -- Projects completed in your own time

How it works
Bronze

Award:

Ages 14-25  Min. 6 months

Silver

Award:
Ages 15-25  Min. 12 months  (For existing Bronze Award holders: Min. 6 months)

How it works

Gold Award:
  

Ages 16-25 Min. 18 months (For existing Silver Award holders: Min. 12

months)

How it works
Minimum age to receive an Award:
 Bronze:  Silver:

14.5 years old 16 years old
(15.5 years old for Bronze Award holders)

 Gold:

17.5 years old
(17 years old for Silver Award holders)

Four Sections of the Award Programme
Service Adventurous Skills Physical

Journey

Recreation Residential Project (only applicable to Gold Award Participants)

Service

Purpose:  To develop a sense of responsibility to the community and become better citizens  To experience community building and bonding through service  To learn through helping others

Service
Examples:  Volunteering in a Neighbourhood Police Post  Fund-raising projects  Environmental protection and nature conservation projects  Caring for animals  Helping in homes for the elderly or in children’s homes  Working with the disabled  Youth and community work

Service
The Challenge: To offer service regularly
 Bronze:  Silver:  Gold:

15 hours over a period of 3 months 30 hours over a period of 6 months 60 hours over a period of 12 months

Service

Whether it is cleaning up the sea, preserving historic monuments or assisting the disabled, Community Service is designed to develop

Respect, love and care for our community and environment

Adventurous Journey

Purpose: • Adventure and discovery

Discover more about yourself!

Adventurous Journey
Examples:

   

Canoeing Camping Jungle trekking Mountain biking Sailing

Adventurous Journey
The Challenge: Plan, train for and undertake a venture
 Bronze:  Silver:  Gold:

2 days/1 night 3 days/2 nights 4 days/3 nights

Adventurous Journey

Teamwork and group cohesiveness work hand in hand to make the expeditions a success.

Skills
Purpose:  Develop and expand personal interests
 Gain

useful knowledge and skills and set a foundation for future learning

Skills
Examples:
•Astronomy •Ceremonial Drills •Cooking •Drama •Dressmaking •Languages •Multimedia & animation •Photography •Painting •Pottery •Videography •Writing •Wood Carving •Needlecraft •Musical Instruments

Skills
The Challenge: Show individual progress and sustained interest
 Bronze:

6 months  Silver: 12 months  Gold: 18 months

Skills

Skills 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 helping one another, learning a new skill has never been more fun.

Physical Recreation
Purpose:

To develop a healthy body, spirit and mind

To develop strength, stamina, endurance and perseverance To empower you with confidence and self-esteem to help you face challenges in daily life

Physical Recreation
Examples:

•Aerobics •Archery •Badminton •Bowling •Dancing •Judo

•Netball •Rugby •Sepak Takraw •Silat •Table Tennis •Water Polo

Physical Recreation
The Challenge: To show improvement in overall performance
 Bronze:

20 hours spread over 8 weeks  Silver: 30 hours spread over 10 weeks  Gold: 40 hours spread over 12 weeks

Physical Recreation

Physical recreation brightens up our spirits, sharpens our minds and keeps our health in check. Above all, it is fun.

Residential Project (Gold participants only)
Purpose:  Cross physical and cultural boundaries to help communities bear out extremities and hardship

Provide community service at home or abroad through residential projects Become global citizens by helping others

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.

Residential Project
Travelling to foreign countries exposes one to exciting sights, sounds and smells. The residential project allows participants to experience the local lifestyle, not as a mere traveller, but as a resident.

Residential Project

Living, 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.

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!

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.

Recognition for Personal Achievement

Participants and winners are from all walks of life

Getting Involved
Step 1 : Getting the enrolment form
The enrolment form may be obtained from • The school’s Award Co-ordinator • The NYAA Council’s office is located at:
5 Magazine Road, #03-02, Central Mall, Singapore 059571 Tel: 6733 6753 Fax: 67336754 E-mail: nyaac@singnet.com.sg • Visit

our website at http://www.nyaa.org

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: $7 Silver: $12 Gold: $17 Submit enrolment forms and fees to • The school’s Award Co-ordinator OR • The NYAA Secretariat

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.

Getting Involved
Step 4
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 5
Begin your activities and record your progress. Your Record Book is to be completed and signed by your instructor.

Step 6
Send your Record Book and Diary to your Award Co-ordinator who will submit it to the NYAA Secretariat for endorsement. Upon approval, you will be invited to receive your badge and certificate at an Award Ceremony.

Resources
Should you need help or more information
• Seek assistance from your school’s Award Co-ordinator • Call the NYAA Secretariat at Tel: 6733 6753 • E-mail your questions to the NYAA Council at: nyaac@singnet.com.sg • Visit the NYAA Council’s website at http://www.nyaa.org

National Youth Achievement Award

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