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How to Earn an Internationally Recognized Award?

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Want to know how to earn an internationally recognised award by not studying quantum physics?

I have a solution for you, you need to invest some time into the IAYP award program.

What is it you might ask? The IAYP program is known as the International Award Program For Young People, which is a self-time paced program where participants complete 4 categories of self-developmental activities.

Keep reading to find out, how you can brighten up your resume with a star of an award.

What is the IAYP award program ?

The IAYP program is an award program to drive young people to become involved in a balanced program of voluntary self-development activities. The award program is non-competitive and self-time based.

The award program is distributed into 3 levels of Gold, Silver & Bronze.

Each of these levels has the same 4 components throughout, with the exception of the Gold Level.

The components of each level are mandatory to complete in order to achieve the award. They are the following:

  • Voluntary Service
  • Adventurous Journey
  • Skills Development
  • Physical Recreation
  • Residential Project ( Only at Gold Level )

Participants can undertake any one of three levels at a time of the program if they meet the following age group criteria:

  • Bronze ( above 14 years )
  • Silver ( above 15 years )
  • Gold ( above 16 years )

The minimum period of participation is 6 months for Bronze, 12 months for Silver, and 18 months for Gold. At the Gold level, participants undertake a Residential Project in addition.

How To Enrol For This Award ?

In order for you to enrol in the IAYP award program, the program has to be affiliated with your institution.

For individual Entrants, who have no access to a school/college / other Award Unit; the enrolment takes place at the IAYP Office.

If your institution is affiliated follow the steps of signing up.

Here are the steps of signing up:-

  1. Contact Your Coordinator.
  2. Fill in your personal details in the sign-up form ( will be provided by the coordinator).
  3. Select the activities and level you want to pursue.
  4. Proceed ahead by paying a small registration fee.
  5. Receive your Diary and start the program.

Things to Know After Enrolling

  • The participant has to maintain his/her diary and the logs have to be filled in by the mentor/award holder.
  • The adventure section of the diary is supposed to be filled out by the participant. It should contain his/her personal experiences of the participant when on the adventure trip. It can be brief and can be reviewed by your coordinator before submission.
  • Each section of the 3 sections of the diary, must contain the personal contact details of the award holder/mentor in order for the head office at Delhi to verify the entries.
  • By default, each entry and signature counts as 30 mins of the activity performed by the participant (unless specified)
  • You will be needing to provide entries according to the minimum hours required to complete the award level. For example- you need to provide 35 hours worth of entries in the bronze level, 70 hours worth of entries for the silver level and about 120-130 hours worth of entries to complete your gold level
  • If a participant fails to complete the activities within the time frame of his/her level, you can try to apply for an extension in which you can manage to cover up the remaining hours.

My Personal Experience

Having personally gone through the bronze program myself, I can vouch for the fact that it was one of the easiest awards I have ever won.

My activities were:-

  • Skill Section- Developing An App
  • Physical Recreation - Playing Badminton
  • Social Service- Helping out the local gurudwara
  • Adventure Trip- At Karjat

I was in 10th grade when I started this program. And yes, it did not affect my studying schedule at all because it was not a commitment of any sort.

I personally had two coordinators at my institution, and they were wonderful. But let's talk about how the activities I chose improved my overall self.

I lost weight, a lot of weight because of being consistent with my goal of achieving the 30-minute mark a week. At times I even used to cross over to an hour or so, because I loved what I used to do.

In the meantime, I also created a bus tracking app for the school, which was functional and a success. I got to learn so much from industry professionals ( resources provided by the school ) and experience taught me about entrepreneurship, teamwork, goal setting, etc.

And I also went out of my comfort zone during the social service activities at the gurudwara. I always hesitated at helping out, but I built some confidence to go ahead and help out this way I also made some new friends who were also volunteers.

The greatest part of all was going on the adventure trip to Karjat. I had never been trekking or camping before, so this was genuinely a great experience for me. I participated in various activities of trekking up for 3 hours or so, then rope walking, bungee jumping, cooking food, learning how to climb and so much more.

Conclusion

To summarise it one word, Fantastic.

It was one of the easiest awards I have ever won because it involved no competition, no time - limit. A completely self-paced program that is quite literally awarding you for doing activities that you find fun and the perfect way to improve on yourself.

Although this might not seem much of an exciting program, it is quite a lot more than exciting once you are actually doing it.

The one thing not to miss in this program, it to participate in the adventure journey. It is the best part, because it exposes you to different activities

I would highly recommend this award program to everyone who is reading this article because this might just be your big break.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Siddharth Joshi

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