Gaisce, also known as The President’s Award, is Ireland’s most prestigious national award program for young people aged 15-25. Established in 1985, it was inspired by the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and is operated by Gaisce – The President’s Award, under the patronage of the President of Ireland.

The Gaisce program is designed to encourage and support the personal development of young people in four key areas:

  1. Community Involvement: Participants engage in community service or volunteer work, contributing positively to society.
  2. Personal Skill Development: They choose a skill or hobby to develop and master, nurturing their talents and interests.
  3. Physical Activity: Participants commit to a physical activity or sport, promoting a healthy lifestyle.
  4. Adventure Journey: This involves a challenging outdoor adventure that tests their teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills.

The Levels of Gaisce

Gaisce offers three levels of achievement, each with increasing commitment and challenge:

Bronze: Requires a minimum of three months’ commitment in each of the four areas.
Silver: Involves six months of dedication to each component.
Gold: The highest level, with 12 months required for each segment.

Significance of Gaisce

Personal Growth

Gaisce fosters self- confidence, leadership skills, and a sense of achievement. Participants learn to set and achieve goals, gaining valuable life experience.

Civic Engagement

By engaging in community service, young people develop a sense of responsibility and a commitment to making a positive impact on their communities.

Health and Well-being

Gaisce promotes physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle, encouraging young people to stay active and take care of their well-being.

Building Character

Through the Adventure Journey, participants develop teamwork, problem-solving, and leadership skills, enhancing their character and resilience.