Our mission is to become the Award of reference that reaches all young people from diverse backgrounds and equips them as individuals to succeed in life.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award (DEIA) started in 1956 and has become the world’s leading youth achievement award and is currently present in more than 140 countries, having reached more than 8 million young people.
Over the past 50 years, we reached more than 100,000 young Victorians.
Over the next 50 years, we want to expand our reach to 1,000,000 young Victorians.
The holistic framework of the DEIA touches on all spheres of life and creates opportunities for young people to experience success beyond the classroom. Consequently not only does the individual but society as a whole benefits from empowered young leaders, energetic and involved community members and we see a release of massive potential.
We know that the 3 key challenges young people face today in Australia are:
2. Disengagement from education and society
3. Untapped potential
Due to these challenges, we believe that there has never been a more critical time to engage and empower our young people to create a better future.
In Victoria, we work with over 50,000 young people and 350 educational institutions and community organisations. Each organisation collaborates with Government, community, business and other educational bodies to support their young people through the Awards. We support this process, providing training and resources to create long-term, sustainable community partnerships.
We leave our young awardees feeling confident about their ability to follow their passion, future career opportunities and their ability to make a difference along the way.