By doing the Award, young people should be encouraged to show imagination, to be able to look beyond barriers and to set goals, not limits. The challenge is for young people to make things happen rather than waiting for things to happen for them.

We have developed our impact measures by examining existing research and evidence on the Award's effectiveness as a youth development tool. Much of this evidence is based on young people's own reports of how doing the Award has transformed their outlook, but it also takes into account the views of employers, educational institutions, parents and youth leaders.

Young people across the country are growing, learning, exploring, developing, and thriving thanks to the Award and its remarkable program.

Impact Measures
Outcomes for Young People
Improved Educational Attainment
Improved educational attainment
Improved Employability and Sustainable Livelihoods
Improved employability and sustainable livelihoods
Ability to manage feelings
Improved Health and Wellbeing
Improved health and well-being
Resilience and determination
Increased Participation in Civic Life
Increased participation in civic life
Building relationships and leadership
Social Inclusion
Social inclusion
Creativity and adaptability
The Environment
The environment
Planning and problem-solving
Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Gender equality and the empowerment of women
Civic & intercultural competence
Reduction and Prevention of Violence
Reduction and prevention of violence, conflict resolution and peace-building
Personal and social well-being
Reduced Reoffending Rates
Reduced reoffending (recidivism) rates
Watch this video from an Award Leader training session in Bali, Indonesia where Rob Oliphant, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, explains how the Award can help develop resilience in young people— an essential life skill that equips them to better handle rapid change in personal, social, cultural and political circumstances.


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  • The Award gives FASD kids something they can succeed at! These are kids who fail at everything! Every day! School is typically just an exercise in frustration (for both the teachers and the kids). The Award lets them finish something… if [the participant] finishes the Award it is HUGE! She is not looking to get a diploma-- that’s just setting her up to feel like a failure. But the Award, with help, is within her reach. In our minds, it is her Diploma.
    - Curtis Smith-Giesbrecht, Award Leader
  • T. was a 13-year old who was illiterate. He set goals to remedy his illiteracy and within three months was doing what he never believed possible— reading! It did not stop there, because [another participant] arrived and he was illiterate. T., full of confidence that could help others, requested to be allowed to aid this new participant learn the wonders of how to read.
    - Jim Thorne, former Award Leader
  • The time I spent on my Skill has helped in the decision of my career and all other elements have helped shape me as a person. I am now pursuing a music degree at MacEwan University with a major in Recording & Production and am forever grateful for the knowledge and wisdom the Award has given me.
    - Brenden H., Gold Award Achiever
  • The Award at the Edmonton Young Offender Centre has given an opportunity to youth to show they can develop new skills and enjoy giving back to the community that they may not have thought was possible given their status in the Justice system.
    - William Macaoud, Community Transition Coordinator
  • My involvement throughout the Duke of Edinburgh's Award process has really been an experience of self-discovery. It allowed me to learn about myself, what I truly value, my likes and dislikes, and what kind of person I want to be.
    - Natalie W., Gold Award Achiever