Parents and Guardians


The value of the Award

The Award brings value to the lives of young people as they continue into adulthood. Watch our video where some of our participants, Award Holders and supporters share how the Award impacted them. 




4 Things Parents and Guardians need to know about the Award:

  1. The Award helps instill confidence and self-esteem! It ignites passion and increases motivation, as well as develops skills and acknowledges achievement in a non-academic setting. Find out about the many benefits of the Award.

  2. The Award is an internationally recognized Award across over 140 countries; we’re serious when we say the Award looks good on resumes, scholarships, and applications! ​Young people stand out in the job market when they leverage their Award achievements.

  3. Our Award Ceremonies for Silver or Gold ​Achievers are truly special events to recognize all the hard work they’ve put into their Award! Our Ceremonies are resided over by notable Canadians, Lieutenant Governors, Territory Commissioners, and the Governor General. Where else are young people celebrated for their accomplishments, other than graduation?

  4. How can you best support young people through their Award? By helping motivate and nurture their self-drive, provide encouragement, support them with activities and record keeping, check in regularly to see how there are doing, and read our Parent Involvement Guidelines.


Parents and Guardians play a vital role by providing support and encouragement as young people work towards their goals.

The Award equips young people for life and work, whether it is through new unique activities, meeting new people, or exploring an unfamiliar environment. Your child is responsible for setting their Award goals and making progress towards these goals.

The Award can be challenging, but with your support and motivation, you can help your child grow and develop. As a parent or guardian you have a role to play in helping young people accomplish their journey of completing the Award.

  • Help ensure that the activity choices they find are exciting, but realistic for your budget, transport and local facilities.
  • Encourage your child to take an active role in constructing their strategies to drive them forward. Mentor, motivate them, remind them to log their activities, encourage them on their chosen activities,
  • Help them stay committed on their journey to completion,
  • Celebrate their success as they achieve and accomplish activities and the Award in its entirety.
  • Encourage youth to step outside their comfort zone and try new activities to broaden their experiences.
  • Support them by coaching them in communicating with their Leader via phone, email, or in person. The Award is an opportunity for young people to learn how to take responsibility, seek help, and find solutions. All our volunteer Leaders have all completed formal training in Award delivery, facilitation and supporting young people.


Why should your son/daughter do the Award?

Because it’s more than just an Award. It looks good on college and university applications. It looks even better on CVs and resumes and sets them apart when in the work force. The Award gives youth an opportunity to talk about themselves in a non-academic way. The Award allows young people to document all the activities they do outside of their formal education. It values these experiences and illustrates just how important they are to the developing a youth into well rounded individual. The Award recognizes the hours young people spend on activities ​- which is a true testament to who these young people are and their commitment.

Motivate your child, but remember this journey is theirs. There will be struggles and bumps along the way as they journey to completing The Award. In some cases, a young person who sets out to achieve ​the Award may decide to stop for a while and that is ok. There are many unexpected occurrences that happen in life which result in activities being put on hold. In many cases participants do pick back up ​the Award and continue where they left off, often learning to overcome adversity and problem solve. Your support, guidance, encouragement and understanding is one of the elements that helps equip young people for the life ahead of them.