The Benefits of Running The Award
While the Award is for young people, they aren’t the only ones who benefit.
Running the Duke of Ed in your school or community group can be incredibly rewarding.
“It is rewarding to be able to see students successfully participate in activities outside of the classroom in varying environments. It fills me with a sense of pride being able to see students develop confidence when successfully overcoming personal challenges in unfamiliar environments.” – Kylie, Taminmin Special Education Centre
The aim of the Award Leader is to help their Award Participant achieve their personal goals, whether that’s going outside of their comfort zone to choose a difficult activity, completing a single section or finishing their Gold Award. Knowing that you have helped someone do something they will remember for the rest of their life is a truly great reward.
It makes your resume stand out
From managing Award Assessors/ volunteers to helping Award Participants organise Adventurous Journeys and Volunteering experiences, running the Award gives Award Leaders strong leadership, coaching, communication and organisational skills that can help their careers.
It improves relationships
Having a goal and project to work on that is separate from what you normally do can improve the relationship between mentor to mentee, teacher to pupil or coach to player. It can also help them understand who they are, what they care about and what’s going on in their lives.
Lead the next generation of leaders
Becoming an Award Leader provides a great chance for adults to help guide and inspire the next generation of leaders. Leaders come in all shapes, from all backgrounds and in any field from sporting leaders, to community leaders. You can make a difference in a young person’s life.
It connects sporting groups, schools and community groups with the local community
By helping participants find volunteering roles and local activities, Award Leaders build relationships with their local community that can benefit their Award Participants and schools long after they achieve their Awards.
You can go on the Adventurous Journeys
For those who love the outdoors being able to go on hikes, kayaking trips and expeditions is the highlight of running the Award. Both you and your Award Participants get to face the same challenge and encourage each other to keep going.
Want to start the Award in your School, Sports Group or Community Group?
To start or to find out out more, contact your State/ Territory Division.