International Youth Award (DOE)

International Youth Award (DOE)

The International Award for Young People (I.N.T. Award)

The International Award for Young People has been adapted from an award in United Kingdom (more famously known as the ‘Duke of Edinburgh Award’) for use in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean countries. It is an award focusing on the challenges of youth and people aged between 14 and 25 can participate. The award has 3 stages; Bronze, Silver and Gold, each with a set of differing challenges to complete at every level.

The main objective of this award is to provide an introduction to worthwhile leisure activities and voluntary service, as a challenge to the individual to discover the satisfaction of achievement, and as a guide for those people and organisations who would like to encourage the development of their younger fellow citizens.

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The Benefits to Participants:
This award scheme is internationally recognised across the globe. It is viewed as an award gained by determination, perseverance, commitment and the drive of achievement, which not only gives the participant the joy of completing this challenging award and develops them as an individual, but can also be written on C.V.’s to enhance their future job prospects. This is a fundamental component for young people searching for employment, particularly in today’s current economic climate, as employers are constantly seeking for personal skills not seen in standard school grades and achievements.

The Award Itself:
Each award has 4 sections; A Skills section, a Physical Recreation section, a Service/Volunteering section and participants must also complete a practice and an assessed Adventurous Journey/Expedition Section. The Gold level also has a fifth component called a Residential Project. Examples for each section can be seen at the end of this document.

Bronze Level:
The participant must undertake a separate activity for each section, for a duration of 3 months. He/She must also choose to complete a further 3 months in one of these sections of his/her choice and must be at least 14years old.

For the Adventurous Journey/Expedition, a group of between 4-7 participants must complete a practice journey and an assessed journey over land or sea, for a minimum duration of 12hours over two days. The target distance here is 15Miles (24Kilometres).

*Note: Participants may need to undergo training in their chosen mode of transport.

Silver Level:
The participant must undertake a separate activity for each section, for a duration of 6 months. Non-Bronze holders must complete a further 6 months in a section of their choice and must at least 15years old.

For the Adventurous Journey/Expedition, a group of between 4-7 participants must complete a practice journey and an assessed journey over land or sea, for a minimum duration of 21hours over three days. The target distance here is 25Miles (40Kilometres).

*Note: Participants may need to undergo training in their chosen mode of transport.

Gold Level:
The participant must undertake a separate activity for each section, for a duration of 12 months. Non-Silver holders must complete a further 6 months in a section of their choice and must at least 16years old.

For the Adventurous Journey/Expedition, a group of between 4-7 participants must complete a practice journey and an assessed journey over land or sea, for a minimum duration of 32hours over four days. The target distance here is 50Miles (80Kilometres).

*Note: Participants may need to undergo training in their chosen mode of transport.

For gold level participants only; they must also complete a residential project that has to be completed away from home for a duration of 5 days. Examples of these kinds of projects can be found at the end of this document.

All Levels:
The usual practice is to complete the Bronze level, before moving onto the next level. It is possible to enter directly into either Silver or Gold levels, however extra an duration of 6 months in a chosen activity is required for the one of the first 3 sections and age limits apply: Bronze = 14, Silver = 15 and Gold = 16. The maximum age limit for all levels is 25.

Activity/Project Examples:

Service/
Volunteering:
Skills: Physical Recreation: Residential Project: Adventurous Journey Modes:
Scouting Water Skiing Rock Climbing Campsite Warden Walking
Guiding Windsurfing Running Activity Centre Kayaking
Youth Worker Fencing Kayaking Environmental Projects Cycling
Helping Disabled Children Wildlife conservation Parasailing Horse Riding
Environmental Projects Weight Lifting Summer Camps Sailing

 

For More Information, Please Visit:
www.intaward.org
www.dofe.org