The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, equipping young people for life. The Award is available for all young people aged 14 to 24, regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. It is a fully inclusive program and has no social, political, or religious affiliations.
How is an Award achieved?
The Award is a program of activities. Each young person who takes part in the Award learns a skill, improves their physical fitness, volunteers in their community and experiences a team adventure in a new environment. Success in the Award is measured by regular participation over a fixed period of time while showing commitment and progress in each activity. All participants are supported by a network of adult Award Leaders, Assessors, Supervisors, and mentors.
The key elements of our program:
- Open to all between the ages of 14 and 24.
- Three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold, each progressively more challenging.
- Four Sections: Physical Recreation, Skills, Service, Adventurous Journey, plus Residential Project (Gold Level only).
- Achieving an Award recognizes individual goal setting and self-improvement through persistence and achievement.
What impact does the Award have on a young person?
Through this challenging journey of self-discovery, our participants:
- Are equipped and empowered to achieve their personal best;
- Learn to take responsibility for their goals and choices;
- Become connected to and actively engaged within their immediate community;
- Make a real difference to society through their positive contributions and involvement;
- Learn to persevere and overcome barriers to success;
- Learn important life skills; and
- Increase their career opportunities.
A longstanding global network
Founded in 1956, today over 140 countries and territories have adopted the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program and more than one million young people are actively participating in the Award.
The fundamentals of the Award
- Regular participation in activities is required to meet the time requirements of each Award Section and Level.
- Focuses on capacity building by encouraging all young people to make independent decisions and to negotiate priorities through participation.
- Provides a framework that works with all young people in any conceivable situation. This includes youth at risk, marginalized youth, young people in regional and remote communities, and young people with disabilities.
- Assists with the provision of social infrastructure in the community and draws together and connects people, institutions and generations with the common purpose of youth development and inclusion.