National Youth Achievement Award

National Youth Achievement Award

Need help with running activities or help setting NYAA in your school?

We understand the NYAA programme and incorporate it into all of our sessions, and can help you put together a Bronze, Silver or Gold expedition in Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, China or Thailand (or set up a new country programme too)

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What is the NYAA?

A prestigious, internationally recognised award, the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) maximises the potential of young people through selfless community service, skills development, sport and challenges of adventure.

The aim of the NYAA programme is to encourage young people between the ages of 14 and 25 years to develop personal qualities of self-reliance, perseverance and a sense of responsibility to themselves and to society. It is a balanced programme of activities, which together support participants with the skills and dispositions that will help them to make a difference to themselves and to the world.

There are three levels of the award, with each level requiring a bigger commitment of both effort and time. The Bronze Award is for students aged 14 and over and requires a minimum participation of 6 months; the Silver Award is for students aged 15 and over and requires a minimum participation of 12 months; and the Gold Award is for students aged 16 and over and requires a minimum participation of 18 months.

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Students are able to attempt the Bronze level NYAA from Grade 9, while Silver level is offered to students at the start of Grade 11. The attainment of the Silver Level award has close links to CAS (Community, Action, Service), a prerequisite of the IB Diploma, making it both relevant and easier to achieve. Between 50 and 100 students take up the Award annually at Silver level. The final level – Gold – is available to students who are committed to the programme through further activity in Grades 11 and 12.

The programme requires students to participate in five sections of service, adventurous journey, skills development, physical recreation and a residential project. While many of the requirements can be completed through the service, outdoor education and activities elements of Little Planet programmes, many students can also use additional, external activities with Little Planet to complete their NYAA requirements.