Founder's 100

Marking The Duke of Edinburgh's Centenary. A champion of the infinte potential of young people and pioneer in non-formal education and learning.

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Continuing a legacy of infinite potential

Prince Philip was a champion of the infinite potential of young people and a pioneer in non-formal education and learning. As we mark his 100th year, the Award family is determined to ensure that The Duke’s vision can continue and grow for many years to come.

This year, we launch our ‘Founder’s 100’ campaign to help us to achieve that. Over the next three years, we plan to raise in excess of $3 million, to, among other things, help enable more young people in Canada start their Award journey, particularly those from at risk and marginalized backgrounds.

Learn more about our Founder's 100 Campaign 



Today we celebrate the life and legacy of our Founder, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, a champion of the infinite potential of young people





Share your memory

In tribute to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s lasting legacy, we’re asking people around the world who have done their Award to share their personal stories, creating the first-ever global collection of Award memories. The stories will be used to celebrate our Founder and to inspire more young people to discover their potential and be ready for the world. Share your memory here 

Pioneering a new approach to young people’s development

The Duke of Edinburgh’s unwavering commitment to young people began in 1956, when The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was established. Since it came to Canada in 1963, it has helped motivate young Canadians to set goals and challenge themselves to take control of their lives and futures.

Over the years the Award program took root in Canada and an estimated 500,000 young Canadians have since benefited from the program. The impact of the Award on young people is extraordinary -  it transforms lives. 



HRH The Duke of Edinburgh leaves us not just with the memory of the man, but with a legacy. And the Award is his living memorial. His Royal Highness has impacted upon and taken to great heights his life's work. We all owe him a massive sense of gratitude.” - The Rt Hon The Lord Boateng PC DL, Chair of International Council


An Award with a growing worldwide impact 

​The Award is now a cornerstone of non-formal education and learning, with more than a million young people involved, in 130+ countries and territories around the world. For more than sixty years, millions of young people have participated and received Awards, with millions more benefiting from its impact in communities around the world. 



An outstanding legacy 

From the beginning, His Royal Highness had been steadfast in his commitment to the Award and its work with young people around the world. The global Award family is dedicated to ensuring that The Duke of Edinburgh’s legacy will continue to grow – and in doing so, champion and challenge young people from all corners of the globe – for many years to come. In 2020, over 10,000 young people in Canada started The Award for the first time, and over 4,621 young people achieved their Award. 

“The global program that bears his title — the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award — has helped empower millions of young people from all backgrounds to realize their greatest potential, and is but one example of his contributions to the social fabric of this country and the world,” - Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.

His Royal Highness had a key driver when promoting the Award over that last sixty years and it was the commitment to serve others. Many people have been in contact on how they can pay tribute to His Royal Highness and support his legacy to serve others by championing young people.  If you would like to donate to support young people and provide them the opportunity to discover their true potential through the Award framework in honour of the Duke of Edinburgh,  please follow this link.                      


A Champion of Young People 

As a global Award family, we are deeply saddened by the death of our Founder, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT. A committed champion of young people; His Royal Highness leaves the world and its young people with an extraordinary legacy.

"When the first trial of the Award was launched in 1942, no one had any idea quite what would happen. In the event, it was an instant success, and the Award has been growing and expanding worldwide ever since." 
HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, KG, KT


Canadian tribute video showcasing the Duke of Edinburgh's Award impact on young Canadians since 1963. 






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Supporting young people as they transition from youth to adult

The Award allows young people to determine what they are passionate about, regardless of their background, culture or access to resources. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.​ 

Listen to how the Award prepared these Award Holders for their future. 

Read more testimonials on how the Award is helping young Canadians become World Ready.