The GGYA rewards you with a memorable experience!

Whether you wish to participate in the Governor General’s Youth Award (“GGYA”) programme to achieve an Award or to support us in our work, you will be poised for a rewarding and memorable experience. Since HRH Prince Philip founded The Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme in the United Kingdom more than forty years ago, it has expanded to 125 nations, overriding linguistic and cultural barriers to promote the positive and universal development of young people.

More than six million young adults between the ages of 14 and 24 have participated in or are currently working through the programme. The GGYA was re-established in the Bahamas in 1987, initially known as the “Bahamas Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme”, and was re-named the “Governor General’s Youth Award” in 1996. Our current Patron is Her Excellency The Most Honourable Dame Marguerite, Lady Pindling.

More than 30,000 young Bahamians have engaged in community service, physical recreation, the apprenticeship of a new skill or hobby, and attended adventurous journeys to achieve their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

 

Whether you wish to participate in the Governor General’s Youth Award (“GGYA”) programme to achieve an Award or to support us in our work, you will be poised for a rewarding and memorable experience. Since HRH Prince Philip founded The Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme in the United Kingdom more than forty years ago, it has expanded to 125 nations, overriding linguistic and cultural barriers to promote the positive and universal development of young people.

More than six million young adults between the ages of 14 and 24 have participated in or are currently working through the programme. The GGYA was re-established in the Bahamas in 1987, initially known as the “Bahamas Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme”, and was re-named the “Governor General’s Youth Award” in 1996. Our current Patron is His Excellency The Hon. Cornelius A. Smith.

More than 30,000 young Bahamians have engaged in community service, physical recreation, the apprenticeship of a new skill or hobby, and attended adventurous journeys to achieve their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

 

BOARD of TRUSTEES

Mr. John Bethell Jr., Chairman 

Mr. Rick Chea

Mrs. Christina Nihon-Cunningham 

Ms. Katherine Elza 

Mrs. Nancy Kelly

Mr. Basil Longley 

Mr. Everette Mackey, Treasurer 

Mrs. Rosamund Roberts, Secretary 

Mr. Felix Stubbs

Mr. Cameron Symonette 

Mr. Rodger Thompson 

Ms. Alison Treco

Mrs. Yvette Glinton

 

Honorary Trustees

Mr. C. William D. Birchall

Ms. Suzanne Black 

Mr. Frank Crothers

Mr. Ian Fair

Mr. Pericles Maillis

Mr. Ross McDonald 

Mr. Gregory Nihon 

OUR PATRON

The Hon. Cornelius A. Smith was sworn in as the nation’s 11th Governor General of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.  Cornelius Alvin Smith was born on Long Island on April 7, 1937 to Silvanus and Susan Smith. He was an educator by profession, then held a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Miami, and had substantial careers in both the public and private sectors.

Notably, as a community and political activist, he entered front-line politics in the early seventies He was elected to represent the people of the Marco City constituency in l982 and was re-elected to serve three times.

The new Governor General has served the people of The Bahamas as a senior Minister with the portfolios of Minister of Education (1992-1995), Minister of Public Safety and Immigration (1995-1997), Minister of Tourism (1997-2000) and Minister of Transport and Local Government (2000-2002).

He was appointed The Bahamas Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the United States of America on Monday, September 24, 2007. He has served as Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States; and as Non-Resident Ambassador to Mexico, Malaysia and Columbia; and Non-Resident Ambassador to Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

He is married to the former Clara Elizabeth Knowles, and the couple has three children.

C.A. Smith has graciously accepted the offer to continue on as 9th Patron of the Governor General’s Youth Award.

The Hon. Cornelius A. Smith

MANAGEMENT COUNCIL

Executive Members:

The Venerable James Palacious, Chairman

Ms. Anna-Mirelle Martin, Vice-Chairman

Ms. Portia Sweeting, Secretary 

Ms. Susan Glinton, Public Relations 

Dr. Sophia Rolle, Asst. Public Relations   

Mr. Lamar Pinder, Asst. Treasurer 

Mrs. Jacquetta Maycock, National Director 

Denise Mortimer, Former National Director 

Floor Members:

Dr. Novia Carter

Lt. Delvonne Duncombe

Ms. Jarenda Rahming

Ms. Darisha Johnson

Ms. Lucy Longley

Mr. Hilbert Richards Jr.

GGYA ACHIEVEMENTS

2019

  • 1786 Registration Up 14%
  • 142 Awards gained
  • 57 Units
  • 162 Volunteers
  •  4 New units: Ruthnell Technical Institute in Grand Bahama and on New Providence Windsor School, Willimae Pratt School for Girls and C.V. Hart Institute 
  • 2 Units Restarted: New Providence at C.C. Sweeting Sr. and Bimini at Louise McDonald High 
  • Presented Gold Awards
  • Assist with Hurricane Relief effort
  • Participated in Caribbean Award Sub-Regional Council (CASC) AGM and Adventurous Journey held in St. Lucia
  •   Attended and presenter at Americas Region Conference
  • Management Council Chairman attended International Council Meeting held in London
  • Bahamas Award Super Expedition (BASE) sailing to three Bahamian Islands
  • N.G.M. Major High School participants receives 9 Bronze Awards
  • GGYA Recognized by Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture
  • 3 Volunteers selected as Teacher of the Year
  • New Patron
  • Financial support continued from Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture and Ministry of Education, Science & Technology
  • 2nd Grant drawdown from T.K. Foundation
  • First Skill Showcase
  • 2nd Physical Recreation Day

2018

  • South Andros High School receives first Bronze Awards -12 participants.
  • Grants obtained from Cable Bahamas, Lyford Cay Foundation, T.K
    Foundation, Department of Gender Equality and Family Affairs of the
    Ministry of Social Services and Urban Development
  • Financial support continued from Ministry of Youth, Sports & Culture and Ministry of Education, Science & Technology.
  • Overall Participation-153
  • New Entrants -1208
  • Awards-156
  • 56 Units
  • Hiring Assistant National Executive Director
  • 5 New Units: Noble Preparatory, Tambearly School, Teleos Christian School, Andros at BAMSI and All Cat Island Unit- 2 schools combined
  • 7 Units  Relaunched: Abaco S.C. Bootle High School; Exuma St. Andrews
    Anglican; On New Providence at :C.I. Gibson High School, Royal
    Bahamas Police Cadets, Temple Christian High School, R.M. Bailey High
    School and St. Andrews High School
  • Participation in the DOE International Forum held in Ghana
  • 4th hosting of Caribbean Award Sub-Regional Council, (CASC),
    Adventurous Journey
  • CASC Assessors and Supervisors certification course
  • National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Workshop
  • Introduction to Tools of Effective Leadership Course
  • GGYA Young Adventurers restarted
  • Asst. Director attends Duke of Edinburgh's Award, (DOE),"Mini" MBA
    Course at the University of Surrey, U.K
  • DOE International Award #WORLDREADY Promotional Photo Campaign
  • DOE International Award Communication Workshop
  • Launched of the DOE International Award Global Alumni Award Network

2017

  • Deputy elected Deputy Chair to Carribbean Award Sub-Regional Council 9CASC) board.
  • Three volunteers nominated for Volunteer of the Year and one was a runner-up.
  • BTC sponsored 10 Gold participants for the North Andros Unit to attend Bahamas Award Super Expediction (BASE)
  • Approved by CASC to host Caribbean Award Sub-Regional Council Adventourous Journey 2018
  • 31 participants receive Gold Awards.
  • New Units: Educational Alternative Learning Centre and Discovery Club.

2016

  • 1,937 Registered – that’s an increase of 6%.
  • New Unit: Samuel Guy Pinder All Age School (Eleuthera).
  • GAH receives the Prime Minister’s Award Cup for Outstanding Youth.
  • 10th Royal Visit from The Earl of Wessex who presented Gold Awards.
  • The Earl of Wessex visit Abaco.
  • Sir Orville Turnquest retirees as GGYA Board of Trustees.
  • New Chairman Board of Trustees – Mr. John Bethell.
  • National Executive attends IC Meeting in Buckinghamshire, U.K.
  • On-line Learning Hub.

2015

  • Overall Participation – 1828.
  • New Entrants – 1581.
  • Awards – 808.
  • 60 Units.
  • New Units: F. Adderley Junior, S.C. McPherson Junior, L.W. Young Junior , H.O. Nash Junior (New Providence),  & Sister Mary Patricia High (Freeport).
  • The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, & Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Governor General presented Gold Awards.
  • Berry Islands gets first Awards.
  • New Field Officer for New Providence.
  • Online Record Book & Award training continued.
  • First kayaking adventure around New Providence Island.
  • First cycling expedition on Grand Bahama.
  • Bahamas 4th in the Americas Regional in participation and Awards that includes 17 countries (Canada, Belize and USA are ahead). Bahamas leads Caribbean countries.

2016

2014

  • Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Review – Secured license.
  • Secured Government funding for fourth year – Gold Initiative Partnership.
  • Third in new participants joining for the region.
  • Two Gold Award Holders (GAH) attended the International Gold Event – South Korea.
  • GAH elected Americas Region Youth Rep. – fourth time.
  • 1,909 Registered – that’s an increase of 11%.
  • 612 Awards presented – increased by 19%.
  • Second bi-annual Bahamas Gold Event.
  • 5 New Units – C.H. Reeves Junior School, New Providence Classical School (New Providence), Alpha Omega Christian (Freeport), Agape Christian Academy (Abaco) and Deep Creek Middle School, (Eleuthera).

2013

  • Silver recipients up 50%.
  • 17% increase in volunteers.
  • Award ceremonies on New Providence, Abaco, Grand Bahama and Andros.
  • Retained Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation Conditional License.
  • The creation of a commemorative 40th Independence mural.

2012

  • 25th Anniversary of the Governor-General’s Youth Award Programme.
  • Host CASC 2012 for the 3rd time.
  • Largest number to receive Gold Award – 43.
  • Elected to International Council.

2011

  • The Earl of Wessex presents Gold Awards in New Providence and Grand Bahama.
  • GAH attends International Gold Event in Kenya and 3rd Americas Region representative.
  • Participate in Junior Junkanoo.

2010

  • New Look for GGYA logo.
  • Victor Chandler new Chairman for the National Council.
  • Partnership with Ministry of Youth – G.O.L.D Initiative.

2009

  • The Earl of Wessex presents Gold Awards
  • Face book set up.
  • 1st ever Special people register.

2008

  • Sir Orville appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
  • New Coordinator in Grand Bahama.
  • New Providence hires full time Filed Officer.
  • 1st ever “Adventure Game” in New Providence.

2007

  • 20th Anniversary of the Governor-General?s Youth Award Programme.
  • First set of commemorative stamps issued.
  • The Earl of Wessex visits Bahamas; rally at Government House.
  • Sailing Adventurous Journey to five Bahamian Islands.
  • Awards up 27%.
  • Chairman of National Council attends International Council (IC) meeting in UK.
  • 1st AIDS/HIV Awareness Day.
  • GGYA Logo Competition.
  • 2nd time participating in Junior Junkanoo.

2006

  • Young offenders unit begins.
  • 72 at risk youth receive Bronze Award.
  • New Patron.
  • National Council Chair elected Chairman of the CASC Council.
  • 1st ever “Camp In” held in New Providence & Grand Bahama.
  • Web page set up.

2005

  • 31 received Gold Award; largest number to date.
  • Hosted Caribbean Award Scheme Council (CASC) for second time.
  • Ministry of Education Award.
  • GAH attends International Gold Event in Hong Kong and 2nd Americas Region representative.
  • 30% increase in participants.

2004

  • Opened GGYA office on Grand Bahama Island.
  • Gold Award Holder awards Ministry of Youth for Outstanding Community Service.
  • Silver awardees receives award for Outstanding Youth in Education.

2003

  • First International Review.
  • GAHA re-established after 6 years absence.
  • Hiring of two GAH as Part-Time Field Officers.
  • Over 1,000 persons registered for GGYA; largest numbers in history of the program.
  • 1st Americas Region Representative appointed.

2002

  • Development Officer hired.
  • Part-Time Development Officer on Grand Bahama in place.
  • 1st Adventurous Journey Sailing venture to six Bahamian Family Islands.
  • Award group from Saskatchewan, Canada take part in BASE.
  • Recipient of Special Projects Grant.
  • Family Island Coordinators appointed (volunteers).
  • GAH attends International Gold Event in Canada.

2001

  • Prince Edwards presents Gold Awards.
  • HRH Prince Phillips attends function at Lyford Cay

2000

  • Granted full membership in the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Association
  • Attended Forum in South Africa.

1999

  • GGYA Leaders’ 1st conference.
  • Scotland group from Dundee participate in BASE.

1998

  • HRH Prince Phillips visits Bahamas rally held at Government House.

1997

  • Ministry of Youth Award.
  • Prince Edward presents Gold Awards.

1996

  • Name change/new logo/first GGYA booklet published.

1995

  • Hosted the Caribbean Award Scheme Council (CASC) AGM/Adventurous Journey for the first time.
  • Gold Award Holders Association (GAHA) established.

1994

  • Adventurous Journey Panel appointed.
  • Recipient of Ministry of Youth Outstanding Youth Program.
  • Adventurous Journey Panel appointed.

1993

  • Bermuda Gold Award group takes part in BASE.
  • HRH Prince Philip presents Gold Awards.

1992

  • 2nd National Director Executive appointed.
  • First Gold Awards presented since re-starting and presented by HRH Prince Philip
  • 1st Newsletter published.
  • 1st Family Island units established.
  • National Family Island Adventurous Journey began under the name of: The Bahamas Award Scheme Expedition (BASE).
  • 1st time participating in Junior Junkanoo.

1991

  • Opening of 1st National Award Authority (NAA) office.

1990

  • Hiring of 1st National Executive Director; only country in the Caribbean to hire full time Award Director.
  • Prince Edwards visits Bahamas.

1987

  • Board of Trustees and National Council set up.