The Duke of Edinburgh Award
Polaris is excited to announce that we will be implementing the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award framework as part of our leadership program. Our mentors act as award assessors to help our students throughout their journey to acquire their awards.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global non-formal education and learning framework that recognizes and celebrates young people's achievements outside of the classroom. The Award allows young people to determine what they are passionate about, regardless of their background, culture, or access to resources. By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service, and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development.
The Award is completed in three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. There are four Sections of activities for all Award levels, plus a Gold Project at the Gold.
The Award encourages young people to spend time volunteering in their community, which both benefits others and contributes to their own growth and well-being.
What do participants receive?
Youth who earn their award at the Bronze, Silver, and Gold levels are awarded an international certificate of recognition and a medal for their achievements at local celebrations.
Gold-level participants also are celebrated at a national Gold ceremony hosted by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Canada.