For youth, personal development comes from opportunities to grow and succeed in meaningful ways. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award inspires youth to set and achieve goals in four activity areas: skill development, volunteering, physical activity, and adventurous journeys in nature.
The Skill activity is personally chosen by the youth and it is limited only by their imagination and passion.
Volunteering develops empathy, self-esteem, and provides perspective on community for youth growing into adulthood.
Physical activity is key to emotional and physical wellness.
Adventurous Journeys in nature allow youth to experience risk in a controlled environment, helping them become resilient and independent thinkers.
In 2009 McKinsey carried out a national study of Award achievers. Results show that:
- 87% felt more confident about themselves and their ability to achieve their life goals compared to the national average of only 44% for youth ages 15-19.
- 80% felt they understood their strengths and weaknesses better for having done the Award.
- More than 20% of Award participants are considered at-risk youth and of those 84% said they developed skills and abilities during the Award program that they used to achieve future goals.
When youth do The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, they are given the tools to transition into the best versions of themselves. And when you support The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, you are investing in youth and the confident, empathetic, healthy leaders of tomorrow.
"At night, we decided to go out to the lake and go start gazing... I didn't know the sky could light up like that. I could fund a variety of constellations like the Big Dipper and Little Dipper. I never really thought that they existed in real life and that you only saw them on television. It was such a remarkable sight" - Jenny, Bronze Achiever