Award stories

See how The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is transforming individuals and communities across the globe. From the streets of Delhi to the favellas in Brazil, the Award is helping put young people on the path to a better future.

Jazz pianist and Award holder Thompson Egbo-Egbo

I come from down your way


“I think there is always a place for the Award, regardless of your background and where you start from.”

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Melanie receives her Gold Award from Governor-General, Quentin Bryce

Recognised for my ability


How doing the Award has enabled Gold Award holder Melanie Tran to be recognised for what she can do, not what she can't

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Simon Rounding on another adventure in the snow.

My Award journey


Simon Rounding explains how the Award enabled him to develop skills he missed out on in the classroom.

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Medeea Katerina Petrovan playing guitar

Why aren't you an Award participant?


Silver Award participant Medeea-Katerina asks other young people to take part in the Award.

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Bronze Award holder Paulo Caetano and Director of Development Alberto Lidji speaking to Award supporters at Windsor Castle.

Prepared to join the job market: Paulo's story


Taking part in the Award has given Paulo the confidence to communicate with people outside the deaf community.

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Award participant Molly Macaire mentoring young people online in Kenya.

Self-educating online


Molly Macaire has set up a project to help disadvantaged children self-educate in a slum village in Kenya

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Bronze Award participant, Ahmed Afiq and his friends on their Adventurous Journey in the desert.

A new me


Ahmed Afiq feels like a new person since doing his Award.

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Darren Tan, NYYA holder from Singapore

From the streets to the Bar


Taking part in the National Youth Achievement Award (NYAA) helped turn Darren Tan's life around.

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Award participants Albert and Daniel holding up their record books

Making tech easy for the elderly


Albert and Daniel set up Service project to connect elderly residents.

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Adventurer Charley Boorman on Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa.

The spirit of Adventure


Adventurer Charley Boorman talks about the value of exploration.

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