Our Impact

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award recognises the achievements of young people and enables them to connect to a world of opportunity.

We value courage, community and innovation, and are committed to providing equitable access and opportunities for all.

The Award’s positive impacts

Research and evidence have shown that the Award has a particularly positive impact on youth development in the following nine areas:

1. Educational attainment

Improving young people’s school attendance, achievement levels and commitment to education

2. Employability and sustainable livelihoods

Improving young people’s employment levels and ability to support themselves financially

3. Social inclusion

Improving community integration, acceptance of individual differences, and access to development opportunities for all young people

4. Health and well-being

Increasing young people’s physical fitness and sense of emotional and mental well-being

5. Participation in civic life

Increasing young people’s involvement in volunteering and community activities

6. The environment

Increasing young people’s awareness of environmental issues and involvement in sustainability initiatives

7. Gender equality and the empowerment of women

Bridging the gender gap and empowering marginalised young women, building their self-worth and enabling them to demonstrate their potential

8. Conflict resolution, peace-building and reduced violence

Reducing inter-and intra-group conflict and violence, and building dialogue and co-operation within communities

9. Reduced reoffending (recidivism) rates

Helping reduce youth crime and re-offending rates

For more information, download Measuring the Impact of The Award Globally.

  • “Before, I would only dream of what I could do; now I still dream, but I also go out and do it!”

    Sam Burdon, Gold Awardee
  • “The current environment is very challenging for young people, so it’s important they try to make themselves more attractive to employers. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is highly valued by business because they know it helps to develop more rounded individuals.”

    HRH The Earl of Wessex, KG, GCVO, ADC Trustee
  • “I believe The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award and other programs operated by the not-for-profit Awards Victoria Ltd are vital as they focus on developing our most valuable resource, our young people, who ultimately create the future of our community.”

    Gary Rowe, CEO, Safety Action Pty Ltd and Ambassador of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award