Who We Are

With more than 60 years’ experience equipping young people to be ready for the world, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is here to help. The Award is a development framework, used by organizations who  work with young people ages 14-24. The Award empowers young people to learn and grow through non-formal education, all while working towards a globally recognized accreditation. 

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The Award Encourages Young People to Be

World-class Learning, Outside the Classroom

Millions have been impacted by the Award, experiencing first-hand that not all learning happens in the classroom.

$3.50

Generated in social value for every dollar invested in the Award

130

Countries and territories

21K

Participants across Canada

1400

Volunteers support the award

98K

Volunteer hours completed in 2020

1 million

Participants globally

A Champion of the Infinite Potential of Young People

Young people growing up in this modern, complicated world have many difficulties to face, and opportunities for personal achievement are often limited. The Award is intended to help both the young as well as those who are concerned for their welfare. [It] provides an introduction to worthwhile leisure activities and voluntary service, as a challenge to the satisfaction of achievement and encourages the development of young citizens.

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh - Founder of the Award

Becoming World Ready

Hear from Award Holders on how the Award prepared them for their future.

How to Get Involved

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Participate in the Award

Push yourself out of your comfort zone. Learn goal setting, build your confidence and try new things! You'll gain skills, develop healthy habits, make friends, and achieve an Award that will make you #worldready.

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Provide the Award

Give young people the best possible start. Confidence, resilience, team working – just some of the skills young people get through their Award that help them in life and improve their chances of moving forward in education or getting a job.

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Partner With the Award

Transform young people’s lives. Open to all backgrounds, cultures and abilities, the Award empowers young people, raises their aspirations, and opens doors to employment. Together we can strengthen communities across Canada.

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Read Our Stories

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Habits that Last, Anne’s Award Story

February 03, 2023

Meet Anne, a Gold Award achiever from Saskatoon, SK. The Award has impacted how Anne sets goals, takes action in her community, and approaches and solves problems. Anne is now more willing to take on challenging opportunities because of the Award and understanding the rewards that will follow.  

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