The Duke of Edinburgh Award

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has helped countless young people on their sometimes difficult path to adulthood.”  HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

For the past seven decades, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has inspired and transformed the lives of millions of young people from all walks of life. From volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions, achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities. The world’s leading youth achievement award, the DofE is proud to be part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation, which drives and supports global growth.

What is the D of E award?

A flexible programme that helps to develop young people for life and work, the numbers speak for themselves: 93% of participants feel that DofE has helped them to work in a team and 84% feel that they have become a more responsible person.

The DofE has a positive impact on children's lives, in terms of their personal development and employability, and on wider society, from charities gaining active and engaged volunteers to businesses hiring work-ready recruits.  Demand remains high. With increasing numbers of young people wanting to take part in the world’s leading youth achievement award,

Key findings:

• 90% of young people said doing their DofE has given them opportunities to help others.

• 82% noted their DofE has made them want to continue with volunteering/voluntary activities.

• 62% feel that doing their DofE has helped them make a positive difference to their local community.

• 74% of young people said they developed self-esteem.

• 64% feel that as a result of DofE they are better at sport or physical activity.

• 74% of young people said it allowed them to try activities they would never have tried before.

• 71% of young people identified improved self-belief.

• Three quarters of young people think their DofE Leaders are inspirational.

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