Young Active Citizen Award 2020

For this competition the aim is to encourage young people to have a voice and to be heard during this Covid19 pandemic. 2020 has been a year of uncertainty and change. We want to know how you as young people feel and how you think we can make the most of this year while being healthy and following the protocols of mask-wearing, washing hands and social distancing.

This Award is open to ALL PUBLIC and PRIVATE Schools in South Africa. There is no entry fee. Entries are limited to the first 500 received.

The projects are judged on impact – the change that was made according to the topic chosen. There must be a measurement of before – during – and after.

The finalists will be notified in time and if any have trouble accessing wifi or computers we will assist them as organisers so that all finalists are at the Zoom finals event in December. The event will be 2-3 hours.

You can enter as an Individual or as a Team (with one chosen leader)

Recommended topics:

  • Covid19 and Youth – How we can adapt to the changes Covid19 has brought, feelings around lockdown, how to cope with new school rules, physical and mental health, hygiene, how to catch up missed school work, how to socialise safely etc
  • Questioning, raising awareness of and dealing with one or more of the following social ills:
    • Racism
    • Gender Based Violence
    • Xenophobia
    • Food insecurity
    • Unemployment
    • Mental health


GET phase:
Grade R to Grade 4
Grade 5 to Grade 7
Grade 8 to 10

FET phase:
Grade 11 to Grade 12

Types of projects to choose from:

  • Research Project – Research into the problem and what has caused it recommendations with what could be done to stop it (using the topics above) eg find out what caused the problem, why it is a problem and give some suggestions for how it could be solved/lessened
  • Action Project – Campaign with actions that have been taken to create awareness or make change in the school or community using the topics above (using the full YCAP toolkit) eg start a peer-learning programme to catch up missed schoolwork during lockdown
  • Creative Project – Singing, Dancing, Acting, Poetry etc about one of the above topics to create awareness or make behavioural changes about the topic eg hand-washing song for Covid19 hygiene for young children

Resources for the projects:

You will receive the YCAP toolkit and guidelines to assist with your project and there are videos as well:


Please find your entry form below. Once you send in your entry form we will email the toolkit and guidelines for how to complete and submit the projects.

Your entries can be in the form of a portfolio of evidence, a creative work on video or audio, or an oral presentation on video or audio file.

Digital entries – Send entries to or through

Postal entries – Send entries to Empowervate Trust PO Box 1993 Highlands North 2037

Courier – send us your physical address, contact person and phone number and we will send our courier partner DSV SA to collect your portfolio and supporting documents (CD, flash disk etc – will not be returned)

There is a limit of 500 entries – first come first served


Winners will be chosen by adjudicators and prizes will be couriered to the winners. There will be an announcement of finalists on and and all finalists will be invited to a Zoom event where they will be interviewed and winners will be announced in December.


Entries open 20 August 2020 and close 15 September 2020
Projects must be submitted by 1 November 2020
Finalists announced 1 December 2020
Zoom finals before schools close in December 2020


Tablets, beanies, media exposure, higher learning vouchers, cash prizes

Application form download