The Award: Review 2017/2018
Published: 20 Dec 2018
As we come to the end of the year, we look back over some of the activity form 2017 and 2018 in our Review.
Here Gold Award holder, Emerging Leader and Communications Manager Jessica Silva introduces a collection of stories that she has compiled from around the world, celebrating all those involved with the Award in their different ways.
"When I started my Award 13 years ago, I had no idea of just how far and wide it stretched. Little did I know, as a Bronze participant in 2005, that I was amongst more than a million young people around the world, supported to find their own purpose, passion and place in the world.
"When I first began, I did not forsee the impact the Award would have on my life, or the lives of young people around the world. I never realised the extent of the Awardʼs scope – that it is available not only to young participants like those at my high school, but also to young Ghanaians, Bangladeshi young people, people from Romania, the Bahamas, Jordan and many more.
"Through the Award, I gained skills such as confidence, communication, problem solving and resilience. I could never have imagined the exciting things that would happen when I stepped outside my comfort zone and completed the Award programme.
"I believe that today’s young people are our most important resource – and championing their growth and development should be a top priority. The Award can help to do just that.
"When I was asked to guest edit this year’s Review, I saw this as a wonderful opportunity to start to lift the lid on the Award – to challenge perceptions, inspire and encourage even more people to get involved. Having been involved with the Award for 13 years now; from an Award participant to a member of the Association’s International Council, to a Foundation staff member; I still feel like I’m just scratching the surface of the Award and its inspiring people. In this year’s Review, we aim to start telling the story of the Award around the world, through the people who know it best – the Award family. In our Review 2017-2018, you will find a glimpse into just some of the millions of activities and achievements which make up the story of the Award."
Gold Award Holder
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation