The Award is a Catalyst
Why Deliver the Award?
The Award’s experiential learning framework is an established set of activities and record keeping practices designed to fuel young people’s learning by stimulating creative thought, improving social and organizational skills, developing interests and talents, and building confidence all while offering a chance for young people discover their passions.
It has been recognized that in preparing young adults to meet the ever-evolving global challenges of today and tomorrow, experiential and formal learning are both important and necessary. The Award believes that when delivered as separate entities they both offer value to the recipient, but when delivered together, they enhance each other and offer a holistic learning experience for young people.
The Award framework encourages participants to engage in physical activities, develop hobbies, and focus on personal growth. Engaging in recreational activities and pursuits can reduce anxiety, depression, and burnout, fostering mental resilience and emotional stability. Furthermore, the social connections formed through experiential learning activities create a sense of belonging and support, reducing feelings of isolation and promoting overall well-being.
Participants will join more than a million young people who are currently doing the Award around the world, in addition to millions of Award alumni. By delivering the Award, you become part of an international network of Award Operators, Leaders and like-minded individuals and organizations.
The Award as a co-curricular provides external recognition and motivation that positively impacts overall academic performance and engagement. Award achievements are acknowledged by business leaders, post-secondary institutions and governments across the globe. By taking on responsibilities outside of academics, students learn to manage their time effectively, set goals, delegate tasks, motivate their peers and lead by example. These experiences cultivate essential leadership qualities that are transferable to academics, life and professional contexts.
As the world’s leading youth achievement Award, we equip young people aged 14 to 25 with the skills, experience and confidence to successfully navigate adult life. This program is a rich and proven learning approach that ensures diversity, equity and inclusion, while removing barriers for all to participate in this unique and challenging experience!
For more than 60 years, we have been helping young people transform their lives and their communities. The Award allows participants to diversify their educational experience in a non-traditional approach by fostering lifelong skills that will accompany them during their adult life. It provides a unique opportunity for young people to step out of their comfort zones, develop progressive habits and engage in new experiences. Participants are encouraged to challenge themselves physically, mentally, emotionally and interpersonally, which exposes them to diverse cultures, perspectives and environments. This exposure broadens their horizons, fosters empathy and leads to a more enriched and well-rounded understanding of the world.
Can be issued to localized, individual organizations such as independent schools or youth clubs. Typically, Award Centres have less than 250 participant registrations annually.
Can be issued to regionalized organizations such as school boards or districts; provincial organizations such as ministries/departments of education; or national organizations such as uniformed groups like Cadets and Scouts. Typically, Operating Partners have more than 500 youth or have the capacity for rapid growth.
As a high school teacher and long-time Award Leader, I see the Duke of Edinburgh programme as an incredible opportunity for personal development for young people that will help them be successful throughout their lives.Dave - Award Leader