Licensed Operators

What is a Licensed Operator (Award Unit)?

The National Award Authority licenses ‘Operators’ to conduct the Award Program. They are commonly known as Licensed Operators and are responsible for delivering the Award to Participants. Licensed Operators can be:

  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Tertiary Institutions
  • Community Organizations
  • Sporting or Social Clubs
  • Companies
  • A group of interested parents who form their own association

Licensed Operators then appoint Award Coordinators who becomes the main contact and the ones who guide Participants on their Award journey.

Why become a Licensed Operator?
Being a Licensed Operator means that you are forming a partnership with the largest pursuit of youth development in the world – The International Award for Young People.
The flexibility and sustainability of The Award has allowed for steady growth over the 52 years that it has successfully operated. It is now home to over 140 countries and touches the lives of more than 8 million young people.

So what are the benefits to my organization?

  • The International Award for Young People Nigeria is an affordable program, providing tangible support in terms of experience, promotional materials, equipment and training.
  • The structure often compliments programs and activities schools and various groups already offer to young people and provides a way of recognizing these efforts and at the same time without consuming resources.
  • The Award also offers a framework to develop the important skills that we believe young people should definitely have, including skill development, group participation, confidence, self-esteem, leadership, fitness, and community connection.
  • Being an Award Unit also allows you the opportunity to connect with other organizations, schools and community groups in your area and around the world, through national events, social media sites Twitter and Facebook, and a monthly newsletter detailing the latest news and stories.
  • There are officers and volunteers, offering local support and assistance where possible, so no Licensed Operator is left isolated.
  • The Award offers a volunteering framework for staff, and offers the opportunity for young people to connect with other adults within the community in a productive way
  • You will be able to connect with our international network and open up opportunities for professional development and the exchange of information
  • As an Award Unit, The Award allows a framework to create an environment of social inclusion for your Participants. This enhances The Award experience for your young people and impacts positively on their personal development.

And what do I get out of it personally?
Award Leaders are the adult volunteers who manage The Award on behalf of the Award Unit.
As a volunteer, the opportunity to enhance the lives of young people is endless. If you sign up your group/organization to become an Award Unit, you might decide to become the Award Leader

How do I get involved?
If you’d like to know how to become a Licensed Operator, you need to contact the Award Office and one of the great Award staff will help you out

NB:It is the responsibility of the Award Unit that relevant child protection requirements are observed for each adult who may work unsupervised with an Award Participant under the age of 18 years.
* To help us provide Participants with a truly global Award, we have updated some of our terminology to be in line with the rest of our international Award family:

  • Licensed Operator = Award Unit
  • Award Coordinator = Award Leader
  • State Award Office = State / Territory Award Operating Authority
  • Volunteering Section = Service Section
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