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. 

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

Read Our Stories Leaders of Tomorrow 2nd West Vancouver Rangers' Service Initiative

Giving Back Through the Award

September 14, 2021

The Service section of the Award offers youth the opportunity to engage with society and gain an understanding of the importance of their role within their immediate and global community.

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The Award at Home How the Award Is Helping Payal Stay Active During Lockdown July 21, 2020 Open Article
The Award at Home Keeping Motivated During COVID-19 August 06, 2020 Open Article
Life After the Award Life After the Award October 05, 2021 Open Article
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