Invest in the human capital of young people to overcome the impact of COVID-19


We are feeling the fatigue of COVID-19. We are zoomed out, burnt out, and bracing for what they are
calling the second wave. Today’s young people are facing extraordinary challenge and change. A recent survey by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award of more than 3,500, 14- 24 year old's found that:

• Almost half currently report high levels of stress
• 54% are concerned for their mental health
• 62% are concerned for their physical health and fitness
• Almost three quarters (74%) are worried about the health and wellbeing of their family and friends

Extensive challenges have already emerged because of COVID-19 and the long-term implications are yet to be seen. However, one thing is certain: young people will be among those to experience the greatest impact. It has never been more important to invest in our young people; to help ensure they are ready to face the challenging and changing times ahead.

Over the past seven months, we have been seeing how young people doing the Award are continuing to push themselves out of their comfort zone, adapting to an ever changing world, facing the adversity of our "new normal" and elevating communities to make a difference.