• Jason attending the IGE 2005

    IGE: Grasping an opportunity that shaped my life

    Jason, from the UK, attended the IGE 2005 in Hong Kong. Here, he explains the direct impact the global leadership event has had on his life

  • Anish represents the Award at the summit

    Taking on Everest

    Nepalese Gold Award holder Anish Luitel first attempted to climb Mt. Everest in 2015 for the Adventurous Journey section of the Award. Having been set back by an avalanche, Anish had to reattempt the

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award participant Lucie Leišová swimming the Strait of Gibraltar.

    Award participant becomes second European to swim Strait of Gibraltar

    Lucie Leišová, an Award participant from the Czech Republic has fulfilled her dream of crossing the Strait of Gibraltar

  • UN International Youth Day 2014: Mental Health Matters

    Supporting youth with mental health conditions

    Today is International Youth Day, a day to recognise the valuable contribution young people make in society, as well as to raise awareness of the issues they face. Under this year’s theme of ‘

  • Medeea Katerina Petrovan playing guitar

    Why aren't you an Award participant?

    Medeea – Katerina Petrovan is working towards her Silver Duke of Edinburgh's International Award in Romania. Here, the 24-year-old law student explains how, after promoting the Award to other young

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

    A new me

    Bronze participant Ahmed Afiq, 14, from Qatar, says taking part in the Award has helped to improve his fitness, but the best part about it is the teamwork

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

    The spirit of adventure: Charley Boorman talks about the value of exploration

    Charley Boorman is a modern-day adventurer and has produced documentaries for the BBC, Sky and National Geographic channel. His motorcycle trip, The Long Way Round, from London to New York via Asia

  • Paralympic Medalist Tanni Grey-Thompson

    Paralympic medalist Tanni Grey-Thompson talks sport and the Award

    Throughout her sporting career Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has championed a commitment to integrity in sport. The 16-time Paralympic medalist is a director of UK Athletics and a trustee of The Duke

  • Hong Kong Award participant Jannet Lai Yee Wing

    Accepting who I am

    Jannet Lai Yee Wing has a better understanding of herself thanks to the Hong Kong Award for Young People

  • Queen's Baton for 2014 Commonwealth Games

    An Adventurous Journey across the Commonwealth

    The Queen’s Baton Relay has begun its journey across the Commonwealth. The Baton, which left Buckingham Palace on 9 October with the Queen’s message to the Commonwealth inside will travel to all 71

  • Award participants playing rugby

    One Year to Go - Get involved with the Commonwealth Games

    A year from now, one of the world’s greatest sporting events will take place. Find out how you can be a part of it

  • Gold Award holder Janice Mustafova

    A Canyon to Climb - Janice Mustafova's Personal Journey

    Award holder and International Award Foundation ambassador, Janice Mustafova on battling a blood disorder and her determination to get her Gold. 

  • A new person

    "Growing up on an island in The Bahamas was not easy in terms of discovering your individuality. Coming from a lower, middle class home there weren't very many opportunities unless you were a

  • Change your life and your community

    "I was born and brought up in Soweto, one of the largest slums in the Eastlands of Nairobi. Growing up was not easy as I had to face the challenges of poverty, drugs, prostitution, HIV/AIDS and 

  • Raising hope

    I grew up in the Mathare slums and was raised by a single mother alongside two sisters and a brother. I am the last born in the family. Growing up in the Mathare slums was hard and I had to face many

  • Award participants hiking in the mountains

    Following in their footsteps

    William has lived with a foster family for most of his life. He struggles with dyslexia and, before taking up the Award, had issues with his weight. Despite these challenges, William has successfully

  • Now I am confident that I can do anything

    My name is Eunsuk Kim, and I am the mother of Seungjun Lee, who achieved his Silver Award this year after receiving his Bronze last year

  • Gold Award holder's goal

    Sean Edwards from Christchurch, New Zealand, was a typical young boy who loved sports and was a keen rugby player – until his life was changed irrevocably

  • Blind ambition - a Gold Award holder's remarkable success

    Henry Wanyoike, aged 38, is one of the world’s fastest runners. His talent was recognised when he was just a child, and over the last ten years he has won gold and silver medals for his native Kenya

  • Young offenders in South Africa taking part in Beekeeping

    Special Projects

    Our Special Projects fund was established to extend the reach of the Award, particularly to young people considered to be at risk or marginalised in society.