International Award (IAYP)
IAYP (International Award for Young People) is run under the direction of the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DoE) and at TISB students from Grade 9 and above can choose to become involved.
At TISB we offer Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards which encourage personal discovery and growth, independence, perseverance and a responsibility to each student as well as their community, traits that are sought after by both universities and employers alike.
Typically around thirty Grade 9 students will choose to take part in the Award, which requires students to complete four components: Service, Physical Recreation, Skill, Expedition (also known as the Adventurous Journey) and, for Gold, an additional longer residential component is required.
For questions and interest, contact staff members in charge of the IAYP on [email protected]
TISB International Award for Young People (IAYP)
The International Award for Young People is a three-level personal development program, that allows young people between the ages of 14 to 25 to interact with the real world collectively. Established in 1956 as the Duke of Edinburgh Award in the UK, this program aims to build engaging, innovative, and reflective individuals through its structure and requirements.
IAYP consists of three levels which are to be completed in order to fulfill the entire program: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The Bronze award is applicable for participants above the age of 14 and requires 6 months of involvement, whereas the Silver and Gold awards are pertinent for those above the ages of 15 and 16 requiring 12 months and 18 months of participation respectively. To achieve certification for the completion of each level, achievers should place an equal balance on the four fundamental sectors of the program which include: Creativity, Physical Recreation, Service, and an Adventurous Journey.
Due to the unresolving situation of Covid-19, several of the program’s necessities would be harder to conduct than others. However, there are ways to still perform them remotely.
Creativity (skills) This area encourages individuals to find new skills outside the walls of a classroom and to increase their appreciation for a diverse array of talents. This can be easily conducted at home on a regular basis and several examples include – learning a new instrument, cartoon design, or cooking.
Physical Recreation: It is important to be physically healthy and fit, especially during such unprecedented times wherein many are confined in their homes. Activities that are considered as a mode of physical recreation include – Yoga, online group workout sessions through technological platforms like Zoom, or jogging.
Service: This sector of the program allows participants to give back to the community and become responsible leaders. While it may be difficult to visit underprivileged centers in groups, other ways of contributing to the voluntary service area can be done without violating the social-distancing code such as – Crafting masks for Covid-19 awareness, educating younger pupils through online interactive platforms, or designing videos for entertainment purposes.
The Adventurous Journey and the Residential Project (RP) (please note the RP is only required for the Gold level) allows individuals to experience the outdoors or unfamiliar environments. As these two areas can only be performed communally, they will be postponed for the time being.
It is important to record the progress of each activity in the IAYP diary on a weekly basis for evidential purposes.
The Award is also designed to allow participants to join at any stage, provided they meet the age requirements. Thus, you join and complete the silver or gold stages without having first been awarded the previous stages. However, there is a time penalty for this for instance the gold award requires some 18 months of dedication not 12 if you chose this route.
TISBs IAYP Prefects for 2021-2022 are Mayas Anil Kumble and Riona Reniwal. If you wish to talk to them they will advise you on “how it is done”.