Introduction to the Gaisce Award Programme

Gaisce – The President’s Award is the country’s most prestigious and respected youth award programme. It is a personal development programme that is a direct challenge from the President of Ireland to all young people between the ages of 15 and 25 to dream big and fulfil your potential. You will set your own challenges and goals, which will be agreed with a President’s Award Leader (PAL).

You won’t be competing with other participants, as each challenge is completely individual — so the only person you’ll compete with is yourself.

Gaisce Medals and PinsUpon completion of the Award Programme, you will receive a certificate signed by the President of Ireland, a commemorative medal, and a pin badge. The Award is also recognised both nationally and internationally as an indicator of motivation and hard work. But it’s what you will gain along the way that will stand to you most: a better understanding of yourself, new skills, and new friendships that will last a lifetime.


 So dive right in and see where Gaisce can take you!


Award Levels

There are three levels to the Award programme, starting with Bronze and progressing to Silver or Gold, with the time and investment required increasing as the participant moves from Bronze towards the Gold Award.

While you are able to begin straight away with the Gold Award (depending on your age), most participants begin with the Bronze Award and work up from there to the higher levels.

Level Minimum Starting Age Regular Length of Award Length if Previous Level Achieved
Bronze 15 26 weeks
Silver 16 52 weeks 26 weeks
Gold 17 78 weeks 52 weeks

An application fee of €15 applies for the Bronze Award, €20 for Silver, and €25 for Gold.

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