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.
Participants can choose to improve on an existing skill or try something completely new, as they develop personal interests and enhance their practical and social skills.
Physical Recreation encourages healthy behavior not only for Participants, but also for their communities, via improved health, or active participation in team activities. This section specifically aims to impacts the health, team skills, self-esteem and confidence of Participants.
The Adventurous Journey sparks exploration and drives a sense of adventure, as small teams plan, train, and undertake a journey through an unfamiliar environment.
Completed at the Gold level, the Gold Project provides a Participant the opportunity to learn how to work with people of different backgrounds, develop skills and build confidence living in new environments.
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.