What is Dukes Week?

Dukes Week is our annual fundraising and celebration event taking place between 17-23 August 2015.

It’s about youth leadership, creativity and most importantly, giving back to those less fortunate. Dukes Week is an opportunity to challenge yourself, step outside your comfort zone and in doing so, you can make a real impact to the lives of those less fortunate.

The theme for Dukes Week 2015 is ‘Give Back. Drive Change’ – and that’s exactly what it’s all about! In a nutshell, here’s how it works…

  1. Give back

We are focusing on three key areas affecting young people today: disability, bridging the gender gap and social inclusion. Leading up to Dukes Week, we are encouraging all Award Leaders and students to talk about these issues, and together choose one of the three causes to give back to.

  1. Run a youth-led event

This is the fun part! We are encouraging all schools and community organisations across the state to run a youth-led fundraising event or activity during Dukes Week to give back to your chosen cause. This could be a sausage sizzle, walkathon, basketball competition, fashion parade, trivia night, scavenger hunt, cooking challenge, talent show or guessing the lollies in the jar competition. There are lots of great ideas and we encourage you to get creative!

  1. Drive change

Dukes Week is a great opportunity for young people to become more aware of important issues affecting those less fortunate and to understand and experience how they can help play a part in driving positive change and making a difference to the lives of others.

What are we fundraising for?

Did you know that Duke of Ed Victoria is a charity? That means we’re a not-for-profit organisation and everything we do is towards our purpose: empowering young Victorians.

Last year you helped us raise $10,000 which has allowed us to support 100 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who would otherwise not have had the chance to experience the life changing benefits of the Award.

This year, we want to multiply this number, we want to push our limits and aim higher. If $10,000 has allowed us to change the lives of 100 young people, why should we stop there?

This year, our goal is to raise $50,000 in order to reach 500 more young Victorians including those from disadvantaged backgrounds and to equip them as individuals to succeed in life. That’s another 500 lives we can make a significant impact towards.

You can choose where your funds go!

For Dukes Week 2015 we are focussing on three key areas affecting young people and you can decide which cause your school or organisation wants to give back to and drive change:

1. Disability in young people –

We also run The Bridge Award which is a program connecting young people and supporting success for those with a disability aged 14 years and above. Modelled on The Duke of Ed, The Bridge Award has more flexible requirements giving Participants the opportunity to achieve their best.

Help us strengthen The Bridge Award and give more young people with disabilities the opportunity to learn new skills, try new things and challenge themselves to reach their full potential.

2. Bridging the gender gap – 

Gender inequality exists in every single country of the world and research shows that Australia’s gender gap is widening. The Westpac Youth Gender Report revealed that a quarter of Australian teenagers have personally experienced gender inequality (35% being young women and 18% young men) which can have a major impact on an individual’s self-worth and limit the choices and opportunities available to them.

Help us educate and equip both young men and women to understand the importance of gender balance, empower them to think critically about gender stereotypes and the role the media plays in shaping their perceptions.

3. Social inclusion –

We believe that by being inclusive of all young people regardless of their socio-economic background the Award can empower socially excluded young people by providing a framework for them to become involved in their community, make new friends, build self-confidence and become more aware and accepting of difference.

Help us reach more young people from diverse backgrounds including Indigenous youth, remote and rural communities, homeless, unemployed and other young people who are unable to afford access due to social and economic disadvantage.

How to get involved

  1. Download the DUKES WEEK 2015: Information Pack
  2. Fill out the DUKES WEEK 2015: Event Registration Form (single) and return it to us by 30th June (the sooner the better though as we can help you plan your event!)
  3. Let us know what we can do to help with your Dukes Week planning – we are here to help as best as we can.
  4. We will also be running a Dukes Week Photo Competition – stay tuned for more details to come!

If you have any questions please contact Michaela Mayes, Program and Relationships Officer, on 8412 9302 or michaelam@dukeofedvic.org.au

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