Welcome to The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award where we strive to equip
young people for life.
As a parent/guardian you have a role to play in helping young people accomplish
their journey of completing The Award.
Why should your son/daughter do The Award?
- Mentor, motivate them, remind them to log their activities, encourage them on their chosen activities,
- Help them stay committed on their journey to completion,
- Celebrate their success as they achieve and accomplish activities and the Award in its entirety.
- Encourage youth to step outside their comfort zone and try new activities to broaden their experiences.
Because it’s more than just an award. It looks good on college and university
applications. It looks even better on CVs and resumes and sets them apart
when in the work force. The Award gives youth an opportunity to talk about
themselves in a non-academic way. The Award allows young people to document
all of the activities they do outside of their formal education. It values
these experiences and illustrates just how important they are to the developing
a youth into well rounded individual. The Award recognizes the the hours youth spend
on activities – which is a true testament to who these young people are and
child, but remember this journey is theirs. There will be struggles and bumps along the way as they journey to completing
The Award. In some cases, a young person who sets out to achieve The Award may
decide to stop for a while and that is ok. There are many unexpected
occurrences that happen in life which result in activities being put on hold.
In many cases participants do pick back up The Award and continue where they
left off. Your support, guidance, encouragement and understanding is one of the
elements that helps equip young people for the life ahead of them.
Benefits of The Award
- Looks great on post-secondary applications and scholarships
great on resumes and CVs
young people stand out in the job market
goal setting, willingness to set goals and achieve a task
passion and increases motivation
skills and acknowledges achievement in a non-academic setting
young people to make positive life choices
confidence and self-worth within all participants
young people to the world around them
Read more about the benefits of The Award and see firsthand the impact The Duke of Edinburgh’s
International Award has on youth both in Canada and around the world.