You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C. S. Lewis

National Youth Achievement Award

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Aim of the Award

To encourage young people aged 14-25 to develop personal qualities of

  • Self reliance
  • Perseverance
  • Sense of responsibility to oneself, to society and to the nation.


  • More than 113 countries worldwide are operating the Award Programme under various titles
  • The NYAA Programme was officially launched in Singapore on 9th May 1992 by H.E. President Late Wee Kim Wee at the Istana.
  • NYAA is advised by an Advisory Board chaired by Mr Mah Bow Tan, Minister for National Development
  • NYAA is administered by a National Council chaired by Prof Leo Tan
  • NYAA Secretariat is headed by an executive director, MrJames Soh
  • NYAA Singapore is a Full Member of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Association
  • The Singapore Scout Association is the pioneer organisation that took part in the NYAA programme scheme