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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Students of UNISUS have an opportunity to attain the Duke of Edinburgh awards. By attaining Bronze, Silver and Gold level achievements, graduates develop personal empowerment and leadership skills while earning credits towards their high school diploma.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global program that challenges, empowers, and recognizes young people between the ages of 14 and 24. By recognizing the amazing things young people can do and learn outside the boundaries of formal education, the Award empowers them to discover hidden talents, develop untapped leadership potential and make a difference in their community. 

The Award is delivered by adults who work with young people and is used to enhance existing programming. We offer an experiential learning framework that supports the work done to build young people’s skills and develop the confidence they need to take their future in stride. Our program is run in cities, rural and remote areas, through public and private schools, universities and colleges, and a wide range of organizations such as Cadets, Scouts, Girl Guides, Indigenous youth groups, new immigrant support programs, sports clubs, employers, youth detention centres, and community youth organizations.

Since 1963, we have helped motivate young people in Canada to set goals and challenge themselves to take control of their lives and futures. Today, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award can be found coast to coast to coast, engaging over 20,000 young people and over 2,600 adult volunteers annually.

Who We Are

The Award challenges young Canadians to develop the skills and tools to improve themselves and their communities by encouraging them to go beyond their comfort zone.

Many young people, through lack of confidence, opportunity, or education, feel incapable of affecting real change in their communities. Our unique framework is designed to help them discover that they are more capable and powerful than they ever dreamed.

For young people, a high school diploma, college certificate or university degree shows technical prowess. An Award certificate demonstrates their individual character and represents the life skills they have developed, including confidence, a sense of purpose, resilience, problem-solving, compassion, and respect for diversity.