The International Award for Young People (IAYP), also known as the Duke of Edinburgh's international award, is a youth empowerment programme established to identify issues and challenges associated with young people.
The framework is used by schools, youth organisations, community groups, correctional services, employers and government departments throughout the country. It equips young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Around the world, more than 140 countries use this model for positive youth empowerment. It draws together and connects people, institutions and generations with the common purpose of youth development and inclusion.
The programme is non-competitive and anyone with perseverance and enterprise, including the disabled, can earn an award. Young people choose activities that are appropriate to their environment and best suited to their own personal interests and talents. For adults, the programme provides an opportunity to help by sharing their individual skills and experience with young people.
The participants take part in special projects in various parts of the country, including night shelter programmes and the provision of medical, recreation and counselling services for street children.
Sarala Birla Academy has won 80 bronzes, 40 silvers and 5 gold awards till date.
Working towards the award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements.