Help Young Canadians Build ​Resilience

"I was in a place where things didn’t seem possible without criminal activity…Fast forward one year and I am a completely different person than I used to be. The Award has allowed me to awaken a part in me I didn’t believe existed. I have learned a lot of social, mental, and physical skills; overall how to be a better human being! [The Award] has allowed me a second chance into showing [everyone] who I really am... that I am capable of accomplishing things in life.”


The aspirations of young people should never be put on hold. Even during a global pandemic.

At the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award we believe and have seen that, when provided the opportunity to challenge themselves with proper supports in place, young people can surpass even their own expectations. Our goal is to ensure that every young person is provided an opportunity to create and realize a dream and to grow through their achievements – regardless of their situation. As we enter the 10th month of the pandemic, this work is more important than ever.

Our Youth Resiliency Project, made possible through a three-year (2018- 2020) pilot project grant from the Federal Department of Justice, has supported criminally-involved youth as they tackled the levels of the Award. Over the past 36 months we have connected more than 130 youth in the justice system to Award opportunities across Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. To date, 33 of these young participants have achieved at least one level of the Award! The success of the original pilot program has led to a second federally-funded pilot that will continue only in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut over the next two years.

In order to enable us to continue offering the Youth Resiliency Project in Alberta through 2021, we need to raise an additional $50,000.  We know this year has presented everyone with unforeseen challenges, especially those who may not have the encouragement of family or friends. Please consider helping us to ensure that every young person is provided the opportunity to succeed. They need our support now more than ever.


"I came from a background of trauma, gangs, and crime… this is more than just an Award. I would like to thank the leaders, mentors and support systems that have been there for me… providing the platform for young people, like us, to learn, grow and prepare for the next phase of life, regardless of the path we have come from." [View Entire Speech Below]

If your personal circumstances allow you to support the Award experience for a young person at this time, we thank you in advance. You can easily donate using our World Ready platform.

Please stay safe and well and do reach out at any time to learn more about how the Award is making a difference to many in these uncertain times. You can reach me at

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a non-competitive, non-academic, self-directed framework based on experiential learning that recognizes youth for the improvements they make in their communities and themselves. Any young person aged 14-24 can do the Award, regardless of their financial resources. Financial accessibility is addressed by keeping the registration cost lower than the full cost of delivering the program, and waiving the registration fee entirely for participants who cannot afford it. The difference between revenues from registrations and the cost to deliver the program is bridged with government and foundation grants and corporate and individual donations. All donations go toward the general operations and program delivery of the Award division, unless funds are specifically earmarked for a particular program. We will seek to raise $30,000 in donations in 2020. The cost of raising these funds is estimated to be less than 15% of total donations and is calculated as the portion of the Executive Director’s working time that is allocated towards fundraising efforts, plus minimal incidental expenses such as postage and printing costs.

For further information, please contact Ashley Tedham, Executive Director at (403) 237-7476.
Our address is Suite #560, 1201 5th Street S.W.