About Us

The GGYA rewards you with a memorable experience.

Our Organization

Empowering the Youth of Our Nation

Whether you wish to participate in the Governor General’s Youth Award (“GGYA”) programme to achieve an Award or to support us in our work, you will be poised for a rewarding and memorable experience. Since HRH Prince Philip founded The Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme in the United Kingdom more than forty years ago, it has expanded to 125 nations, overriding linguistic and cultural barriers to promote the positive and universal development of young people.

More than six million young adults between the ages of 14 and 25 have participated in or are currently working through the programme. The GGYA was re-established in the Bahamas in 1987, initially known as the “Bahamas Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme”, and was re-named the “Governor General’s Youth Award” in 1996. Our current Patron is Her Excellency The Most Honourable Dame Marguerite, Lady Pindling.

More than 10,000 young Bahamians have engaged in community service, physical recreation, the apprenticeship of a new skill or hobby, and attended adventurous journeys to achieve their Bronze, Silver and Gold awards.

Here you will find everything you need to know about our mission and the benefits of achieving an Award; if you need any further information then please do not hesitate to contact us directly at ggya@coralwave.com.

Join the race to encourage the youth to make a change!

Our Patron

Her Excellency The Most Honourable Dame Marguerite, Lady Pindling, DCMG, Governor General of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas

Her Excellency The Most Honourable Dame Marguerite, Lady Pindling, DCMG, is ninth Governor General of The Bahamas, having taken Office on 8th July 2014.

Her ExcellencyThe Most Honourable was born in Long Bay Cays, Andros on 26th June 1032 to Mr. and Mrs. Rueben D. McKenzie, both of whom are deceased. She received her early education at the South Andros All-age school, and upon moving to Nassau, she was tutored at the Western Senior School by the late Dame Doris Johnson.

On 5th May 1956, The Most Honourable Dame Marguerite married the late Sir Lynden Pindling, KCMG, who became the first Prime Minster of an Independent Bahamas. From that union there are four children, Obafemi, Michelle, Leslie and Monique.

Her Excellency The Most Honourable played an active role in the long, arduous efforts of Sir Lynden Pindling and his colleagues, which eventually led to the achievement of majority rule in The Bahamas in 1967, and which culminated in the achievement of National Independence on 10th July, 1973.

The Most Honourable Dame Marguerite spent many years involved in community work, having served a number of charitable organizations including the Bahamas Red Cross Society, the Ranfurly Homes for Children, the Children’s Emergency Hostel, Abilities Unlimited, leadership in numerous women’s organizations, and other civic and charitable groups. Her main objective is the pursuit of unity between all people in The Bahamas.

For her decades of distinguished work in community service and these charities, in 2007 Her Excellency was honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the rank of Dame Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.

The Most Honourable Dame Marguerite is a dedicated member of the Anglican Church of St. Agnes, Grant’s Town New Providence, in her spare time Her Excellency The Most Honourable continues to enjoy cooking and gardening.

For any inquiries call us at: +1 (242) 326-1760/1

Please be advised that our Office will be closed until further notice due to COVID-19. In the case of an emergency, please email us at ggya@coralwave.com. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused, but please stay safe! #WeAreGGYA