Start an Award Program
The Award programÂ shows young people that “There is more in you than you think.”Â The Award can be delivered in schools, sports and youth clubs, Scout groups, juvenile justice programs, and businesses. Essentially, anyone who works directly with young people!
If youâ€™re already working with young people, the Award can be the ideal complement to your own program of activities.
Once youâ€™re licensed to deliver the Award, weâ€™ll train your adult staff and volunteers as Award Coordinators and Award Leaders to fulfill this vital and rewarding role.
Organizational benefits of delivering the Award
How does it work?
Award UnitsÂ are trained andÂ licensed to operate The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.Â Â Each Award UnitÂ appointsÂ at least two trained Award Coordinators /Â Leaders, whoÂ oversee the Award program. Award LeadersÂ lead, guide, inspire and encourage young people, approve their activity choices and goals, inspire their progress and validate completion of their Award.
Delivering the Award program to help young people complete their Award is an extremely enriching experience. Watch our Award Leader film to see for yourself.
What is an Award Leader?
Award Leaders play a crucial role in the success of the Award: Your role is to engage young people in the program, and encourage and inspire Participants throughout their Award journey. Each Award Unit also specifies an Award Coordinator as the key point of contact and the person responsible for running the Award in their organization. In many cases, the Award Coordinator is also an Award Leader. Each organization hasÂ two or more Award Leaders to spread the work load and to ensure continuity, as the Award is usually completed over a 12 month period.
Award Coordinators and Leaders can be anyone from teachers to sports coaches to scout leaders, as long as they are appointed by their organization to do so. Each needs to have a positive attitude, proper training and an ability to form great relationships with young people.
Remember, it is not a sprint, but a marathon, and while many young people can complete the Award through effort over consecutive months, others may take longer and thatâ€™s OK. Just stand by them and provide regular support.
Start An AwardÂ Program