“Our school has an enrolment of 800 students, 300 are considered refugees and many from a low socioeconomic status . There is a culture of domestic violence and poverty, however many students are hesitant to admit that these issues occur at home. The Duke of Edinburgh experience has been invaluable for our students enabling them to associate with other students and community members they would not normally have the opportunity to do so. The Adventurous Journeys were also an outlet to their home lives. The experience has developed their self-confidence, self-reliance, ability to organise themselves and others, analyse situations to take decisive actions, overcome fears and apprehension, and be involved in a supportive atmosphere where they are not
judged on their ability but rather their commitment and passion,”
expresses Award Leader, Rebecca Woods.
Dunedoo High, NSW
“Like many small rural farming communities our young people face challenges with remoteness, mental health issues, substance abuse, poverty and social and behavioural disengagement. Programs like The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award supplement existing school programs and connect with and improve overall student outcomes,” says Peter Campbell, School Principal.
“We had young people who began their Award as At-Risk young people who are now role models within their schools. We have young people who have found new activities that they are passionate about. We have young people who have expressed that they enjoy participating in the Award as it shows them a different side of life and that they have never felt more connected to their community and culture since starting the Award,” shares Award Leader, Jessica Cowie.
Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra, NSW
“As our group is based on culturally and linguistically diverse young people (immigrants/refugees) developing their language through the skill section (retail training) has been an avenue to not just develop employability skills but to develop the language, communication and self-confidence of many of the participants. The Award has been a wonderful motivator and framework for development of critical skills,” expresses Award Leader, Mr Mairno.
Horsham College, VIC
Ongoing mentoring from her Award Leader and financial assistance to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was a turning point for 14 year old Jasmine Talbot. Jasmine struggled with a destabilising home environment, jumping from foster parents, being separated from her younger brother and showed disengagement at school and social exclusion. Her funded Adventurous Journey with her peers opened her eyes to new possibilities, where she labelled it “the most life changing weekend of my life”. The following year saw her as a mentor for the new peer group of Duke of Ed Participants at her school. Participant, Jasmine Talbot.
St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre located in Alice Springs, NT
“Indigenous Young People enrolled at St Joseph’s Flexible Learning Centre located in Alice Springs have all experienced or are currently experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, trauma, substance abuse and have involvement in the criminal justice system. Our school offers a safe environment where young people are able to grow, learn and take part in activities that would otherwise not be available to them. Through an integrated approach to education and wellbeing the Duke of Ed program enables our young people to gain confidence and integrate positively with society. Our youth are learning new skills, working together as a team and giving back to the community,” shares Award Leader, Catherine Harris.