Sunday 9 August 2009


Weekly Award update

1. AV Team (Award Volunteers Team) Meeting will be on the 23rd August 2009
Venue: SACAC (Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Culture)
Please visit website for details and location,

• Orientation of new Award participants
• Enrolment at the Open Award Centre
• Plan for the Award Holders Association

Award holders and volunteers are welcome, for more information please contact:
AV Team Leader - Devyani Dutt
LSR Award Leader - Kritika
St. Stephens Award Leader - Saachi
Hans Raj College Award Leader - Meehak
JMC Award Leader - Freya

2. The National Office will host the IS supported National Workshop.
The Workshop originally planned for Coimbatore 9-11 October 2009 has been relocated to New Delhi, as a part of Capacity Building and Training, supported by the International Secretariat.
The venue now will be Sri Aurobindo Centre

National Training Workshop (NTW), New Delhi India, 9-11 October 2009
Theme: Growing Confidence
Building on the core competency and capacity building in India, the focus will be on:

 Train the trainers and award volunteers
 Offer a snapshot of the Award experience
 Responding to an enhanced national agenda

NTW will carry forward youth engaging in society, and work on ways to deliver the Programme for the 18-25 age groups

Format & Key Topics
The NTW will incorporate group work, case studies, presentations and subject matter experts on how to best engage and add value to the sections of the Award Programme.

Outcomes: Confidence and capacity building to meet the draft plan objectives
 To demonstrate the Award’s usefulness to society and drive development, Participants will interact with Trainers and volunteers.

The Trainers
The trainers for NTW2009 will be from the National Office and Zones.

The Participants
The participants sought for NTW2009 must be Award Leaders and Trainers in the Zones / Units. We are seeking participants with a demonstrated interest and/or involvement in extending the Award into the wider community to meet a higher need.

The NTW 2009 participants will be five from each Zone, please contact the nearest Zonal office for further details and for expression of interest.

In addition, it is aimed to have a group of external high level resource people – to work with each of the groups and then form a panel for a series of group presentations.

3. As a part of capacity building and training, NAA will do an add-on session to the Coimbatore Workshop in Delhi and focus on "Role of Volunteers". The workshop will help draft the Volunteer Management Policy. This will be developed after the meeting at the Open Award Centre on the

4. Nominations called for RTW 2009 in November, last date is 1st Sept 2009.
Asia Pacific Regional Training Workshop, New Delhi India, 23-29 November 2009
The details and forms available with the Zonal office.

Theme: Define The Future. The Award and National Development.
RTW will carry forward youth engaging in society, an umbrella challenge for the Region 2009-10.

Format & Key Topics
The RTW will incorporate group work, case studies, presentations and subject matter experts on how to best engage and add value to these six (6) sectors:

Local community
NGO/international sector

The Participants (Selection Criteria)
The participants sought for RTW2009 will have to be experienced hands and individuals with roles in policy, administration and youth engagement in the Zones.

We are seeking participants with a demonstrated interest and/or involvement in extending the Award into the wider community to meet a higher need.

The RTW 2009 participants from each Zone (two per zone) will work in six pre-selected groups. Each delegate will be asked to give inputs as a part of the RTW2009 registration process, and be involved in one or more of the six sectors and area of particular interest. The need for previous experience is important.

5. Proposed AHA (Award Holders Association) Summit in December 2009, send in your suggestions to Rohit Saxena please. He is our moderator on Facebook; we hope to have a group of 1000 individuals on FACEBOOK by then. Rohit Saxena is our NAA Youth Rep. and is working on this. He will contact the Zones to form chapters in each Zone, Namrata Daga in South, Swati in East have volunteered to assist. Rhea and Utkarsh, Gold holders in Delhi will support Rohit in his efforts.

6. Facebook and the website very active; and we now have near 340 fans and friends on Facebook.

7. South Zone to host the Annual National Workshop in Ooty in January 2009. The design and delivery will be done by the South Zone Team alone, with necessary inputs from all the Zones.

8. The OAC (OPEN AWARD CENTRE) pilot project of the National Office - details above in Para 1
How will we do this?
•On the 23rd of August 2009 Shloka will do a road show for new entrants.
•The OAC will be run and managed with the help of the AV Team.
•The final AV Team will be in shape in the coming few weeks.
•In Sept 2009 the AV Team will attend the ROLE OF VOLUNTEERS workshop.

The Open Award Centre is a pilot being done by the National Office and will register participants / individuals who cannot make it of any of the North Zone units. In addition the National Office will License Corporate bodies and Social organisation to operate the Award Programme.

The National Office is working with the AV Team and will run necessary training and development.

9. In the coming week the National Director to attend meetings at:
The British Council - to work on plans for partnering
The Modern School - to update NAA members and Award Volunteers on development so far
The British High Commission - seek support from the HC

Cheers, more until next week!

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