Pope John Paul II Award

Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, Living Youth are asking that all current PJPII Participants do not complete any volunteering activities as part of their PJPII Award.

About The Pope John Paul II Award

The Pope John Paul II Award is a faith achievement award for young people between the age of 16 and 18. It is non-competitive, inclusive, flexible and voluntary.

The Award enables participants to take an active part in the life of their Church – in the life of their community and society. It enables young people become more aware of the teaching and role of the Catholic Church in the world and to engage at a deep level with Christ.

The Award was created to commemorate the late Pope Saint John Paul II who was so committed to young people and who had such belief and confidence in them. The Award was launched by the Papal Nuncio to Ireland, His Excellency Most Rev Dr Giuseppe Lazzarotto on 7th November 2006 in the Diocese of Derry, Ireland.

Watch the Video below to find out more about the PJPII Award.

Making young people visible in their church, community & society
The Award is committed to helping young people enhance their spiritual, physical, emotional and social development through participation in school, parish and community activities. As well as the feeling of personal achievement that a participant will gain from taking part in the Award, participation will help demonstrate the young person’s commitment to a task and goal.

Who is the Award for?
The Pope John Paul II Award is for anyone between the age of 16 and 18. The Award is run by Living Youth for the Diocese  of Down & Connor and is suitable for:

  • Students in Year 13

  • Students in full-time education who have completed GCSEs or Junior Certificate

  • Students in Transition Year

  • Anyone between the age of 16 and 18, not in post-primary education


The Award is non-competitive, flexible and voluntary and requires an ongoing commitment. Awards are earned by taking part in parish and social activities – 1 activity per week over 8, 14 or 20 weeks. There are 3 Awards – Gold, Silver & Bronze.

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