The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation

Skills development for at risk young people

We're raising funds to ensure young people from disadvantaged backgrounds - such as those living in poverty, refugees, or young offenders - can develop the universal skills they need to change their lives, and the lives of others, through the 'The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award' programme.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1072453)

Check mark Match funded

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Championed by The Reed Foundation


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • OtherOther


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)


Multiple locations


Today, young people across the world face unprecedented challenges, as their wellbeing, inadequate access to education, and lack of decent work are all under severe pressure. Formal education is vital, but alone it is not enough to ensure they have the skills to tackle life’s many challenges. Unequal access to education means millions of young people will not develop the skills and knowledge they need to support themselves, to become world ready, or to be a force for good in their communities.


The Award is a globally recognised framework for non-formal education and learning, challenging young people between 14-24 to develop transferable skills, increase their fitness levels, cultivate adventure and volunteer in their community. We established the Special Projects Grant Giving Programme to provide grants for projects that aim to increase access to the Award for young people from at risk and marginalised backgrounds.

  • I remember being such a shy little girl, but the Award helped me to grow into an independent strong individual who knows how to voice her opinions and take a stand where necessary for what’s right or what’s wrong. I have gained so much strength…the Award is the starting point for success.

    — Farhana Meghami, Gold Award holder, Bangladesh

  • Young people can be strong, they can be more than capable, if we all play our part in helping them to fulfil their potential. Help more young people access great non-formal education, achieve the Award and be the young leaders of the future.

    — HRH The Earl of Wessex and Forfar KG GCVO, Chairman, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award