Who is an Award Leader

Do You Want to Make a Difference by Engaging and Enriching the Lives of the Young People?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award provides this opportunity.


We offer a framework that seamlessly weaves into the fabric of what you do on a daily basis. The Award wants to be the partner of choice with youth groups across the country. Together we can enrich the lives of young people in Canada even more.


Who are Award Leaders?

An Award Leader is an adult who works or volunteers with youth as part of a larger organization, such as a high school, Scouts, Guides, Cadets or Community Center. If you are not associated with an organization that works with youth, you can become a virtual Award Leader where you will digitally connect with and mentor young people through the Award.


The Award Leader’s aim is to help young people access the life-changing Award opportunity and mentor them as they set goals, choose activities, and work towards completing their Award. We provide Award Leaders with training, access to resources and support materials, and staff support to answer questions along the way.

Benefits of Becoming an Award Leader

  • Engage and mentor young people through an established framework

  • Aid in the development of building essential skills for young people that will support them in life

  • Build up your own skill set and professional development with our internationally recognized and accredited training

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About Being an Award Leader

Your role is to guide and mentor your Participants by supporting them during their Award as they select activities, set achievable SMART goals and offer encouragement along the way.

  • If you are involved with an organization that is already an active Award Centre, please fill out the registration form and a staff member from your region will be in touch.

  • If you are currently not involved with an active Award Centre but have heard about the Award and have a group of young people whom you feel would benefit from the Award, please continue with the registration form and we will be in touch about next steps on delivering the Award.

  • In light of the current global pandemic, we are currently developing Virtual Award Centres where Award Leaders who are not involved in an youth organization that can offer the Award, will digitally connect and mentor young people. If you feel you would like to be a Virtual Award Leader please be sure to click yes on the registration form.

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About Being a Volunteer

As a non-profit, charitable organization, the Award relies on volunteers to help us reach young Canadians around the country. Volunteering with the Award allows you to give back to the youth in your community and beyond as part of an internationally recognized youth development platform. To discuss opportunities that exist in your area, please contact the Award Support Centre. If you are ready to start volunteering with the Award, sign up below.

Are you Interested?

To get started on your journey to becoming an Award Leader, please fill out the registration form at the link below.