The Duke of Edinburgh's Hillary Award
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Contact person: Kate Ricketts
Phone: 0800 692-927
PO Box 38189,
93 Hutt Park Road
Who We Are
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is the world's leading youth achievement award. Proven to help with job and study prospects, it has transformed the lives of millions of young people since it first began in 1962.
What We Do
Not all learning happens in the classroom.
By creating opportunities for our young people to learn a new skill, get physically active, give service to their communities, and take part in an adventure, the Award challenges young people to leave their comfort zones—and that's when the good stuff happens. They build self-confidence and greater resilience, helping to set them up for success in today's uncertain world, where they face more challenges than ever.
Open to anyone between the ages of 14-24, regardless of gender, background or ability, young people design their own Award programmes, set their own goals and record their own progress. The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.
“’You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.” – James Anthony Froude
How We Do It
There are three levels to the Award—Bronze, Silver and Gold—and each level has four specific sections that participants need to complete activities in: Service, Physical Recreation, Skills and Adventurous Journey (with a fifth at Gold Level).
Participants complete their activities under the guidance of an Award Leader and, at each level, increase the time, commitment and challenge they invest in order to achieve an Award.
Legal Name: The Duke of Edinburgh’s Hillary Award
Other Name: The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Aotearoa New Zealand Hillary Award
Charities Service number: #CC26585