Gaisce - The President's Award

Gaisce – The President’s Award is a self-development programme for young people between the ages of 15-25, which is proven* to enhance confidence and wellbeing through participation in personal, physical, community and team challenges. It is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to all young people to dream big and realise their potential. Gaisce enjoys a collaborative partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation. Although not a licensee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, Gaisce is recognised as a partner with the Award’s worldwide Association. By agreement between Gaisce and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, a reciprocal recognition is given to the Awards at each level (Bronze, Silver and Gold) across Ireland, the UK and the international network of Award Operators licensed to deliver the Award. Under the Joint Award Initiative, young people in Northern Ireland who fulfil the requirements of the Award framework at any level can choose to receive an International Award, a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or a Gaisce – The President’s Award. Gaisce celebrates the individuality of each participant and ensures that, while there are many pathways to achieving a Gaisce Award, each Gaisce journey is as unique and expansive as the individual young person determines, and all Awards are equally recognised. *

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Gaisce is the most prestigious youth award in Ireland. Since its inception in 1985, over 377,200 young people have participated in the Gaisce programme. Today, more than 24,000 young people register for the Gaisce challenge each year, pursuing the award through more than 850 organisations (Gaisce Award Partners) located right across Ireland. Gaisce supports these organisations and the 1,200 President Award Leaders (PALs) working and volunteering in them to mentor young people through their Gaisce journey.

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