What's it all about?
The Award is a self-help scheme for growing up great.
By creating opportunities for our young people to learn a new skill (or develop an existing one), get physically active, give service to their communities, and take part in an adventure, the Award challenges young people to leave their comfort zones—and that's when the good stuff happens. They build self-confidence and greater resilience, helping to set them up for success in today's uncertain world, where they face more challenges than ever.
Open to anyone between the ages of 14-25—regardless of gender, background or ability—young people design their own Award programmes, set their own goals and record their own progress. The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is the world's leading youth achievement award. Proven to help with job and study prospects, it has transformed the lives of millions of young people since it first began in 1962 ... will you—or someone you know—join them?
Who delivers the Award in New Zealand?
The Award is delivered in New Zealand by organisations which are licensed to do so by the National Office. There are two main types:
- Award Units - which can include schools, sports and youth clubs, uniformed groups (such as Scouts, GirlGuiding and The Order of St John) and juvenile justice programmes - pretty much anyone who works directly with young people, provided that they are licensed with the National Office.
- Open Award Centres - where participants can go to enrol in The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award and be mentored through the programme if they are not able to access an Award Unit locally.
How does it work?
Activities are completed under the guidance of an Award Leader. An Award Leader is someone who has been appointed by an Award Unit to run the Award for their organisation, and will monitor, discuss, encourage and motivate participants to reach their goals. At each level, participants increase the time, commitment and challenge they need to invest in order to achieve an Award.
Participants need to find an Assessor for each section of their Award programme, someone who has the relevant knowledge and experience in the chosen activity to assess their involvement and improvement in that activity. The Assessor will write a short report on the activity once the participant has met the required time, and sign it off in their Online Record Book. Note that the Assessor cannot be a family member.
New Zealand is just one of around 140 countries to deliver the Award programme. Find out more about the International Award Community.