For more than 35 years, The President’s Award has been making sure that young people develop a lifestyle that gives them the valuable life skills required to pursue their ambitions . We aim to make this opportunity available to every single young person in Uganda.

Award Guidelines

For Youth Empowerment

Guidelines on Award Activities

People in the community
  • Visiting people in need such as elderly or disabled on regular basis to provide assistance with shopping, gardening or other domestic tasks etc.
  • Voluntary work in hospitals, clinics, care centers, etc.
  • Visiting prisons or detention centers under the auspices of proper authorities.
  • Helping with local community radio or newspaper.
  • Sports coaching or leadership.
  • First aid-doing a course and then making your skills available to the benefit of the local community i.e., being a first aider at netball, football matches or dance competition etc.

Youth work
  • Acting in a leadership role in a youth club, uniformed youth organization, at school or church etc.
  • Assisting in the teaching of primary or Sunday school children.
  • Helping other young people participate in the award but acting as a leader of bronze or silver participants under the guidance of ones’ own award leader.
Community Education and Health Education
  • Working with experimental persons to educate the local community or specific group within it on important issues such as prevention of leprosy or malaria, aids education, primary health care, immunization campaigns, drug/alcohol awareness education etc.
  • Teaching a person to read or write
Charity Work
  • Fundraising for charity
  • Collecting food, clothes, toys etc. for a needy organization or group
  • Creating and maintaining a charity website or newspaper
  • Grant plant project
  • Reconstruction and building renovation
Emergency services
  • Helping in emergency service team e.g., fire services, surf life-saving, lifeboats, coast guard, police, mountain rescue, civil defense etc.
  • Assisting with local or national disaster operation

Environmental Services
  • Participating in a conservation project e.g., clearing wastelands, cleaning a river or caring for threatened wildlife or trees
  • Caring for a public or school garden
  • Providing, maintaining and encouraging the use of public wastepaper bins (even at your school)
  • Caring for animals under threat
  • Working in a clean-up campaign.

  • Vocational skills: Computer, Accounting, Hairdressing, Vehicle Maintenance, Information Technology, Engineering, Journalism, Fashion, Furniture Making, Furniture Restoration, Secretarial Studies, Tailoring, Woodwork, Carpentry, Entrepreneurship, Metal Work, Upholstery etc.
  • Nature: Agriculture/Farming, Bee Keeping, Fishing, Animal Care, Forestry, Astronomy, Gardening, Horse Care and Handling, Insect Study, Weather Studies.
  • Performance skills: Drama & Theatre Skills, Circus Skills, Puppetry
  • Sports related: Sports Officiating and Refereeing, Sports Equipment making
  • Communication: Film & Video Making, Sign Language, Braille, Foreign Language, Reading, Writing, Presentation Skills, Public Speaking & Debating
  • Games: Snooker, Chess, Darts, Card Games, Table Games
  • Hobbies: Cooking, Modelling, Coin Collection, Stamp Collection, Model Construction
  • Music: Playing an Instrument, Singing
  • Craft: Beading, Basket Weaving, Cookery, Embroidery Leather Work, Pottery, T-Shirt Printing, Glass Painting, Glass Work, Jewelry Making, Soft Toy Making, T-Shirt Painting
  • Art: Calligraphy, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
  • Life skills: Leadership, Committee Skills, Event Planning and Organizing, Drug Awareness, Peer Education, Money Management

  • Ball Sports: Rugby, Netball, Table Tennis, Soccer, Volleyball, Softball, Handball, Hockey, Cricket, Tennis, Squash etc.
  • Athletics: Running, Jumping {Long, High}, Throwing {Hammer, Javelin, Shot Put}, Biathlon, Triathlon etc.
  • Water Sports: Canoeing, Swimming, Rowing, Kayaking, Water Polo, Sailing, Surfing, Wide Surfing, Kiteboarding Diving etc.
  • Martial Arts: Karate, Aikido, Boxing, Judo, Kick Boxing. Kung Fu, Fencing etc.
  • Animal Sports: Horse Riding, Polo
  • Fitness Activities: Aerobics, Jogging, Skipping, Walking, Weight Training
  • Adventure Sports: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Parachuting, Caving and Pot Holing, Hand Gliding, Paragliding etc.
  • Miscellaneous: Cycling, Gymnastics, Weight Lifting, Tramp Lining, Wrestling, Roller Skating, Skateboarding, Orienteering, Badminton etc.
  • Dancing

  • Expedition: a journey with a purpose. Primary focus is on journeying
  • Exploration: a purpose with a journey. Primary focus is to observe and collect information relevant to the purpose.
  • Expedition and exploration
  • Exploring the natural world: glaciation, erosion, geology, coastal studies, river valleys, plant studies, bird studies, animal studies, insects’ studies etc.
  • Exploring human impact: visitor pressure in national parks, litter studies, pollution monitoring, surveys of numbers of walkers in remote
  • areas etc
  • Personal artistic expression or asthmatic appreciation Exploring historical land use: Study prehistorically man, historical periods.
  • To investigate the evolution or extinction of a language.
  • Carry out health surveys or health education in remote areas.
  • To complete a demanding journey.
  • To investigate group dynamics in challenging conditions.


To broaden experience through involvement with others in a residential setting.

The residential project gives participants a shared purposeful experience with people who are not their usual companions, working toward a common goal. It should be an experience that broadens the participant’s outlook and horizons.



The specific benefits to the participants will obviously depend on the type of residential experience chosen. Some general benefits include:

  • Meeting new people.
  • Experiencing an unfamiliar environment.
  • Building new relationships.
  • Working as part of a team.
  • Accepting responsibility.
  • Developing communication skills.
  • Showing initiative.
  • Learning new skills or embracing existing ones.
  • Enjoying living and working with others.

This is only at Gold Level.

Participants are required to undertake a shared purposeful activity with people who are not their usual colleagues or friends, in an unfamiliar residential setting. The activity should take place over a period of at least four nights and five consecutive days.


In exceptional circumstances, the commitment may be spread over two weekends. In these circumstances, the same activity must be pursued over both weekends and must take place within the same 12 months period. The residential may be project may be related to activities followed in other sections of the award.



There are many different opportunities for completing a residential Project. Some suitable categories and examples are listed below. It is worth re-emphasizing that the activity must be purposeful-it is not a holiday.

  • Personal training courses: Residential language courses, leadership training, skills development, ecology study courses, Award leadership course, youth camps, youth parliament etc.
  • Environment and conservation projects: Environmental clean-up , volunteer work with national parks, research on habitants and ecosystems, restoration of buildings etc.
  • Services to other people and communities: Provision of facilities, construction projects, assisting as a leader at an annual camp for young people, working with overseas aid charity, working in a care home or hospital etc.
  • Activity based: Outdoor adventure courses, sports coaching, sports skills development, tall ships race etc.