Nomination Criteria

The Prime Minister’s National Youth Awards salutes young persons, between the ages of 15 and 29, who have distinguished themselves in various sectors, including: journalism, entrepreneurship, agriculture, leadership, community service, academics, art and culture, sports and international achievement. The public is asked to nominate the young persons in their community for this prestigious award.

 

Click here to download the 2020 PM Youth Awards Nomination Form

 

AWARD CRITERIA

AGRICULTURE & AGRO PROCESSING:

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Agriculture and Agro-Processing. S/he must:

  • Own AND/OR operate an agro-business endeavour which incorporates the use of new technology in agricultural production AND/OR
  • Have advanced scientific research in agriculture AND/OR
  • Developed a new product or technology related to agriculture.

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP / SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP:

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Entrepreneurship. S/he must:

  • Operate a profitable, registered business venture
  • Generate levels of direct and indirect employment AND/OR
  • Operate a social enterprise that has contributed significant social and economic value at community and/or national level.

 

JOURNALISM / E-JOURNALISM / MEDIA:

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Journalism/Media. S/he must:

  • Have consistently produced high quality and in-depth coverage of national, regional or international issues
  • Have received a regional or international award in recognition of his/her journalistic / media endeavours
  • Have received a regional or international award in recognition of his/her journalistic / media endeavours

 

ARTS & CULTURE:

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Art and Culture. S/he must:

  • Have gained international recognition, evidenced by competition results, international reviews or international chart standings.
  • Have participated in a minimum of two critically acclaimed exhibitions or productions.

 

LEADERSHIP:

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of

  • Leadership. S/he must:
  • Demonstrated an active leadership history at the corporate, local, national or international level
  • Served at the specified level for a minimum of three years and made significant and demonstrable impact over the period

 

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION:

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Leadership. S/he must:

  • Have proven him/herself to be an influential and effective environmental steward/leader.
  • Have gained international/national recognition as an environmental advocate.

*For organisations, a minimum of 80% of the membership should be 29 years old or under.

 

SPORTS:

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Sport. S/he must:

  • Have performed meritoriously at the junior and/or senior level in international competition AND/OR
  • Have attained a consistent world ranking (1-10) in his/her sport AND/OR
  • Have achieved a world-leading performance.

 

NATION BUILDER (VOLUNTEERISM):

The nominee must have demonstrated outstanding and consistent voluntary service relevant to the development of youth and their community. S/he must:

  • Have positively impacted youth at a national or community level.
  • Have outstanding and consistent voluntary service over at least 5 years.
  • Have given service which is not related to mandatory obligations for work or school.

 

ACADEMICS:

The nominee must display outstanding achievement in the field of Academic Study. S/he must:

  • Achieved a top three regional ranking at CAPE and CSEC levels AND/OR
  • Have completed a Bachelor’s Degree and attained a First Class Honours and maintained an A+ academic average throughout the course of study
  • Post-graduate nominees must have completed a thesis with distinction and/or published in an internationally recognised journal

 

INNOVATION IN SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY:

The nominee must distinguish him/herself in the field of Innovation in Science and Technology. S/he must:

  • Proven to be innovative in providing a scientific or technological solution to a problem.
  • Gained national/international recognition in the field and/ or participated in a minimum of two critically acclaimed exhibitions.
  • Advanced research in science and/or technology.

 

INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT:

The nominee should have achieved international recognition in a field other than the previously listed categories. S/he must:

  • Have gained international top 10 world ranking or recognition in a field other than the above-mentioned categories

 

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT:

The Individual or organization must:

  • Have been involved in youth work for over a period of five years.
  • Have significantly impacted youth from one of the priority groups of the National Youth Policy.
  • Be able to demonstrate that their work has been acknowledged as a best practice.

*For Youth Serving Organizations and/or Youth Development Practitioners.