Who We Are:
We are the world’s leading achievement award for young
people. We are a federally registered charity for the development of people
ages 14-24, equipping them with life skills that will make a difference to
themselves, their community and the world. We are in every Canadian province segmented into ten divisions to better serve young Canadians. Each division is a separately registered charity that is licensed by the National Office and operates to provide direct support for youth and organizations who embark on the Award throughout the country. We strive to be the self-development
program in which any young Canadian can participate, barrier-free, regardless
of socio-economic or physical circumstance.
We provide an Award that is self-directed and develops the
whole person – mind, body and soul.
Our concept is one of individual challenge. We challenge
young people to step outside their comfort zone and grow through the four
sections of The Award which encourages; personal discovery and growth,
self-reliance, perseverance and responsibility.
There are three levels to The Award; Bronze, Silver and
Gold. A young person can progress through each level or enroll directly to
either the Silver (15 years and up) or the Gold (16 years and up). Each level
requires an increasing level of commitment and effort. Young people have until
their 25th birthday to complete The Award.
Once participants have completed their Award, they receive a
pin and certificate to mark their achievement, and may be able to attend a
ceremony within their Province or Territory (depending on Award level and
ceremony availability). Gold Award ceremonies are only presided over by the
Governor General of Canada or by a member of the Royal Family when their
Vision: To inspire and promote lifelong improvement
for all young Canadians by encouraging personal development and achievement
Our Mission: To give
Canadians aged 14-24 a supportive, non-competitive youth development platform
that deepens self-awareness, builds confidence and broadens skills and experience
to further their growth as active, responsible citizens.
Each year in Canada, the Award program continues to expand and reach new
communities. There are currently over 44,000 young Canadians enrolled in the
program. You can view on-line our
2014 National Fact Sheet for more information.