The President’s Award

Value of the award

Parents are one of the biggest champions of the Award Programme.  They are keen about the impact that the Award Programme has on the lives of their children.  The Award has been seen to:

  • Provide a simple as well as meaningful framework for self-development
  • Build self-confidence, as well as providing leadership opportunities for young people
  • Provide recognition for young people in the extra-curricular part of the school environment
  • Enable young people to have an internationally recognised certificate for tertiary education application, GAP year opportunities as well as first job applications.

In 2003, there were 33 schools involved nationally.  There are now nearly 300 schools!
We would love to see your child enrol…

Life after Gold

South African Gold Award Holders’ Association – SAGAHA

Once you have achieved your Gold Award, we would love you to stay connected to us.  We would love to use your experience of doing the Award in helping support the activities of the Award so that you can continue to contribute to your own development as well as the development of others through your involvement with the South African Gold Award Holders’ Association.

Because South Africa is so large there are regional structures that you can connect to.  They are in:

  • Western Cape
  • Gauteng
  • Eastern Cape

What will I get out of belonging to SAGAHA?

  • You will keep connected to a group of Gold Award Holders nationally.
  • If you are actively involved in SAGAHA you will be considered for attendance the International Gold Event (IGE) which see Gold Award Holders from around the world gather and chart the direction of the Award internationally. In recent years 8 SAGAHA members have represented the Award in South Africa at an International Gold Event (IGE) … Hong Kong, Mauritius and also Kenya.  In 2014, the International Gold Event was in South Korea.
  • Assist as Programme Directors of Gold Award Ceremonies, Presidential Dinners as well as other marketing events of the Award Programme in South Africa.
  • Assist with Service Projects and Journeys within a region, so that others are able to complete the Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.

 How do I get involved?

  • All Gold Award Holders can become members of SAGAHA.
  • Click on the SAGAHA pamphlet here.
  • Click on the Gold Award Holder Contact Details Form here.
  • Contact Janine Hansen to find out more.

The opportunities are endless!

Frequently Asked Questions:

How old do I have to be?
Between the ages of 14 and 24 years.

Where can I do the award?
In a school, community youth group, residential youth facility, organisation such as Scouts, Guides, etc. or as an individual.

Is the award in my area?
You can contact the closest Regional Office to find out.

Is there a specific time / date that I have to enrol?
No, you can enrol at any time of the year. It is best to be part of a group of young people doing it, if you can. It helps with motivation and also support. If the Award Programme is already running where you are, get in touch with the Award Leader to help with your enrolment.

If I’m unsure of my choice of activities as well as the section it will qualify for, who can I contact?
You should be able to ask you Award Leader, or be in touch with your Regional Office to get clarity.

Will an activity prior to enrolling count towards my award?
No, only activities that you take part in from the time you have enrolled can count.

What is the enrolment fee?
The enrolment fee is an amount paid per level which covers basic administration costs. Our enrolment fee increases annually, on the 1 March. Click here for the most current enrolment fees.

How do I enrol?
If the Award Programme is operating in your school or organisation, be in touch with your Award Leader who will help you with the process. To find out who your Award Leader is, contact the Regional Office that serves your province. You will need to complete an Enrolment Form, signed by your parent or guardian as well as pay your enrolment fee before you are deemed to be a participant.

Where do I pay my enrolment fee?
Ask your Award Leader, or make contact with your Regional Office.

What happens once I have enrolled?
Once you are enrolled it is important to plan your journey through the different sections by deciding what activities you will do under each section e.g. AP Maths as a skill, Soccer as a physical recreation activity, etc. This must preferably be done with the assistance of the Award Leader / adult mentor.

Record each activity towards a Section e.g. 2 hours of service at SPCA, and also have the activity verified by the activity coach / supervisor on duty.  Where and also whenever possible collect/compile information, e.g. photos, certificates, reports, letters verifying all activities undertaken that can be collated in a Portfolio of Evidence.

What should I do once I have completed all the sections?
Ensure all the required sections are signed off by the relevant Activity Coach/Supervisor in the Portfolio of Evidence and/or Record Book and hand it in to your Award Leader or submit to your nearest Regional Office.

It is also advisable to submit the completed enrolment form for the next level with your completed Portfolio of Evidence or Record Book to avoid a delay with starting the next level.

Below are some of our trips that are associated with the President’s Award:

The President’s Award