Award Testimonials – Dukeofed

Award Testimonials

Rebecca Woods, Award Leader 
Auburn Girls High School, NSWImage_Beach_Volunteering

“Our school has an enrolment of 800 students, 300 are considered refugees and many from a low socioeconomic status . There is a culture of domestic violence and poverty, however many students are hesitant to admit that these issues occur at home. The Duke of Edinburgh experience has been invaluable for our students enabling them to associate with other students and community members they would not normally have the opportunity to do so. The Adventurous Journeys were also an outlet to their home lives. The experience has developed their self-confidence, self-reliance, ability to organise themselves and others, analyse situations to take decisive actions, overcome fears and apprehension, and be involved in a supportive atmosphere where they are not
judged on their ability but rather their commitment and passion,”


Peter Campbell, School Principal
Dunedoo High, NSW

“Like many small rural farming communities our young people face challenges with remoteness, mental health issues, substance abuse, poverty and social and behavioural disengagement.  Programs like The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award supplement existing school programs and connect with and improve overall student outcomes,”


ngarijan 2 PCYC QLD approved stacey miller 121015Ngarijan Rosser-Bonner, Participant

“When I finished school I had no passion for anything, generally I just sat at home on the couch. Dukes’ was the one thing that kept me occupied and healthy. I had no sense of who I was or wanted to be and where I wanted to go with life.  Dukes has change my outlook on life and has opened my eyes to the importance of my culture and keeping it alive.”



 Jessica Cowie, Award Leader

“We had young people who began their Award as At-Risk young people who are now role models within their schools. We have young people who have found new activities that they are passionate about. We have young people who have expressed that they enjoy participating in the Award as it shows them a different side of life and that they have never felt more connected to their community and culture since starting the Award,” 


Sandy NG, Participantsandy ng
Blakehurst High, NSW

“I am a young carer of my mother who has physical and mental disabilities and have two younger brothers, who I have cared for since the age of 10. I manage all aspects of the home, particularly when my mother is in the hospital; things like cooking and cleaning, and working long hours in order to pay all the rent and bills on time. I cannot express in words as to how thankful I am for the financial support that allowed me to do my Award. I hope you continue to inspire young people to reach their goals.”


Mr Mairno, Award Leader 
Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra, NSW

“As our group is based on culturally and linguistically diverse young people (immigrants/refugees) developing their language through the skill section (retail training) has been an avenue to not just develop employability skills but to develop the language, communication and self-confidence of many of the participants. The Award has been a wonderful motivator and framework for development of critical skills,”


Melanie (002)Melanie Tran
Gold Award Holder and recipient of Award Friend funding

“This Award made me believe that I have the one thing everyone else has; the power to fight for my own dreams. It is like a force pulling me into the circle of life instead of watching from the outside. Thank you to everyone – because of your generous hearts I am now a step closer to reaching something I have always seen from a great distance but never been able to hold in my hands… My future. My dreams.”



Jasmine Talbot, Participant
College, VIC

“Ongoing mentoring from her Award Leader and financial assistance to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was a turning point for 14 year old Jasmine Talbot. Jasmine struggled with a destabilising home environment, jumping from foster parents, being separated from her younger brother and showed disengagement at school and social exclusion. Her funded Adventurous Journey with her peers opened her eyes to new possibilities, where she labelled it “the most life changing weekend of my life”. The following year saw her as a mentor for the new peer group of Duke of Ed Participants at her school.”


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Travis Green, Participant
Caboolture Special School, QLD

“Being in the Award has helped me to hold my head higher and be more independent. I now have pride in myself and all that I have achieved.”




Catherine Harris, Award Leader 
St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre located in Alice Springs, NT

“Indigenous Young People enrolled at St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre located in Alice Springs have all experienced or are currently experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, trauma, substance abuse and have involvement in the criminal justice system. Our school offers a safe environment where young people are able to grow, learn and take part in activities that would otherwise not be available to them. Through an integrated approach to education and wellbeing the Duke of Ed program enables our young people to gain confidence and integrate positively with society. Our youth are learning new skills, working together as a team and giving back to the community,”