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La Trobe University recognises Duke of Ed volunteering for early access to their Aspire program

La Trobe University recognises Duke of Ed volunteering for early access to their Aspire program

Through a recent partnership with La Trobe University, we are excited to announce that the University will be recognising and rewarding Duke of Ed Volunteers with priority access to study via La Trobe’s Aspire early admissions program.

La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar recognised this alignment as well as recognising the important life and work skills young people develop through participating in The Duke of Ed Award.

“Leadership, effective communication and people skills are the types of characteristics we look for in our students,” Professor Dewar said.

“At La Trobe, we are committed to making a positive difference to the world in which we live, and the Aspire program enables us to support the efforts of these inspiring young people whose values and ambitions align with ours. We want to encourage these community leaders of the future to come and study at La Trobe University,” Professor Dewar said.

The values that underpin volunteering – community, selflessness, generosity, dedication – are what The Duke of Ed Award programs are all about.

Structured as part of the Award, the volunteering component encourages young people to develop a sense of responsibility and compassion towards others with the aim of creating a lifelong habit of community involvement and voluntary service.

Award Participants who have completed their Bronze level or above will automatically qualify for the community engagement criteria of La Trobe’s Aspire program.

If successful, Aspire applicants will get an offer to study at La Trobe in September this year, securing a place to study before they complete their exams. Aspire students are invited to take part in an enrichment program that supports them through the final stages of high school and prepares them life at La Trobe.

The enrichment program offers:

  • VCE/HSC revision lectures to be held in the September school holidays
  • Mentoring from a La Trobe student ambassador
  • Access to the La Trobe Library on all campuses
  • Invitation to a ‘Welcome to La Trobe’ event
  • Various on-campus events and activities.

Applications for this year’s Aspire program are now open and will close on August 31, 2015. A wide range of other community work and volunteering may also qualify students for entry to the Aspire program. For more information, students can visit the Aspire website.

Check out an article in The Age this morning announcing the partnership.

 

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Celebrate 60 years of the Award internationally by taking part in the Diamond Challenge

 

As part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Diamond Anniversary celebrations we’re inviting everyone to take the DofE Diamond Challenge.

The Challenge is inspired by the Award, asking you to take on your own adventure, personal or skill challenge.

Your challenge can be as big or as small as you like, from kayaking to mastering jam making. If it’s a challenge to you, it counts. And the best part is, it’s open to anyone of any age, anywhere!

So if you never had the chance to get involved while growing up, if your kids are doing it now, if you’re doing your Award now or if you’re just looking for a reason to get out of your comfort zone, seize the day

The Award in Australia is proud to support the international celebrations and is encouraging all Australians to participate in the UK’s DofE DIAMOND CHALLENGE. As this is an international milestone, Australian fundraising generated will be directed to supporting the development of the Award in the Solomon Islands.

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Diamond Challenge

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Celebrate 60 years of the Award internationally by taking part in the Diamond Challenge

 

As part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Diamond Anniversary celebrations we’re inviting everyone to take the DofE Diamond Challenge.

The Challenge is inspired by the Award, asking you to take on your own adventure, personal or skill challenge.

Your challenge can be as big or as small as you like, from kayaking to mastering jam making. If it’s a challenge to you, it counts. And the best part is, it’s open to anyone of any age, anywhere!

So if you never had the chance to get involved while growing up, if your kids are doing it now, if you’re doing your Award now or if you’re just looking for a reason to get out of your comfort zone, seize the day

The Award in Australia is proud to support the international celebrations and is encouraging all Australians to participate in the UK’s DofE DIAMOND CHALLENGE. As this is an international milestone, Australian fundraising generated will be directed to supporting the development of the Award in the Solomon Islands.

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APEC 2015 ‘Voices of the Future’ Representatives announced

APEC 2015 ‘Voices of the Future’ Representatives announced

Miguel Vera-Cruz,  Ben Galea, Madelin Strupitis-Haddrick, Sophie Walters and Ruth Parsons are off to represent Australian youth at the APEC 2015 Voices of the Future Forum in Manila  – November 12-19. Find out more about our youth representatives including what they hope to achieve at the Forum.

Miguel Vera-Cruz photoMiguel Vera-Cruz

Miguel is in his 6th year of a Bachelor of International Studies (International Business) and a Bachelor of Laws. He recently represented Australia in the Asia-Europe Foundation’s (ASEF) Students Forum in Hangzhou. He has visited 13 countries to date and won the Hong Kong Government Scholarship to write blog posts on Hong Kong twice weekly during his exchange. His interests also span to sporting, as he has taught baseball skills to students at 6 primary schools in Southern Sydney as part of the NSW Government Active After-School Communities (AASC) Program. One of his most notable achievements is his role as Student Caller for the UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Appeal Feb-Jul 2012 in which he helped raise $500,000 for Scholarship funds for university students from disadvantaged backgrounds. He hopes to take this knowledge and dense experience into the APEC summit.

“The Voices of the Future program brings together young people with potential for leadership and making a difference in society, and exposes them to the real-life deal-making process of world leaders, inspiring them to do the same with their own ideas. This is exactly what I hope to do: to learn about how global leaders’ policy can support the innovations that drive inclusive and sustainable growth so that I can contribute my background to the execution of collaborative solutions with fellow youth from around the world. Specifically, I wish to use world leaders’ resolutions at the APEC 2015 Summit as inspiration for ideating social enterprise and business ideas, together with fellow Voices of the Future participants, which achieve the APEC Summit’s developmental goals.”

It is his robust background in intercultural negotiation that will be a crucial asset to the realisation of this vision. Throughout his years he has portrayed true leadership skills and has led UNSW Music Society Jazz Ensemble since 2013. As a 2015 APEC VOF team leader he will contribute intercultural negotiation and leadership experience to create the foundation for collaboratively realising development goals.

 

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Ben Galea

Ben is a Bronze Duke of Ed Awardee, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (major in Developmental Studies), and a Bachelor of Science (major in Natural Resource Management, and minor in Earth and Marine Science). Ben has a passion for sustainable development and the management of ecological resources. Through his studies, Ben is exploring issues of inequalities in living standards, and seeking to apply science and education to reduce these inequalities and contribute especially to agricultural development.

He believes the APEC Voices of the Future summit is a great platform to cultivate ideas and create strong networks between young leaders in the Asia Pacific, what he calls an area of great potential. “I would hope to learn a lot about the lives of the other participants, the limitations and potential of sustainable development in their regions, and the dreams and plans they have for positively changing the future… I would use the insights gained at APEC for my future studies to enhance my understanding of inclusive economic growth and the actual implementation of sustainable development.”

For the past year Ben has been a Queensland Youth Strategy Ambassador, highlighted by the Qld Government for his ongoing volunteering and participation in many different parts of society. In addition, Ben has been actively involved in rural and indigenous communities, being chosen by his residential college at the ANU to go on the annual trip to Doomadgee, an indigenous community in the Gulf of Carpentaria. He was also recently a member of the selection committee for the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Heywire Innovation Grants for 2015. As a regular volunteer for Canberra ‘Friends of Grasslands’, cutting down woody weeds in Stirling Park to restore the native ecosystem, Ben has been able to build on his academic studies and get involved in his new home of Canberra.

 

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Madelin Strupitis-Haddrick

Madelin is a Gold Duke of Ed Awardee, and is in her first year of a Bachelor of International and Global Studies. She has 6 years of involvement in public speaking, debating and the ‘Justice & Democracy’ society at Brigidine College St Ives, and was the Brigidine Debating Captain in 2013. She was a key organiser of the World Vision 40-hour famine at Brigidine College St Ives 2012, and was consequently shortlisted for the position of World Vision Youth Ambassador 2013.

She speaks fluent French and is intermediate in German. She reflects a life of service to the community as her community involvement shows. She has been a member of the OLPS Church Music Ministry for the past 8 years, also volunteering for Lifeline (2013) and the St Vincent de Paul Society (2010-2011).

For Madelin, participating in the APEC Voices of the Future 2015 summit would be a momentous privilege in providing experience of the workings of APEC and the opportunity to actively discuss issues related to trade and inclusive growth with young people from across the Asia Pacific Region.

“Interacting with young people from across the 21 APEC member economies will be valuable in developing these understandings and achieving new skills in cooperation. In collaborating with youth from diverse member states in APEC-related discussions, I hope to achieve greater inter-cultural understanding, a range of perspectives and a sense of camaraderie based on recognition of common goals. Through this, I can work to promote better understanding between the youth generation in the Asia Pacific Region through fostering an appreciation for and insights built upon our commonalities, differences and shared global context.”

Through participating in the APEC Voices of the Future summit, Madelin aims to draw on her experiences and extensive knowledge of international relations and cross-cultural experience. Having participated in and assisted with student exchange for the past 4 years, and worked in fostering integration, understanding and good relationships amongst a largely international student base in a boarding school, she has had unique experience learning and adapting to foreign cultures as well as promoting this amongst wider groups of young people. Overall Madelin hopes to combine this with her understanding of international trade and its ramifications to determine strategies for inclusive growth and to promote mutual understanding between the young people in the Asia Pacific Region.

 

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Sophie Walters

Sophie is a Gold Duke of Ed Awardee, and was school leader for Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award participants and School Captain. Sophie hopes to disseminate information about APEC activities and priorities to young people in the member nations, by establishing a blog and/or online journal that provides a forum for the views of youth and publication of articles that are directly relevant for young people, which may then be relayed to key decision-makers.

“Promoting better understanding between young people in the Asia Pacific Region would include establishing working relationships with other young participants in Manila, reaching out to past young participants, establishing forums for the exchange of key ideas, conducting relevant projects in member nations, and seeking to build alliances with leaders.”

Through participating in the APEC Voices of the Future summit, Sophie aims to explore how APEC can continue to have a meaningful impact on the growth and development of member economies, identify health and other key issues that affect young people, promote governments’ involvement is such matters, and establish friendships and connections with young people who share the same passion to contribute positively to the sustainability of each of the 21 countries.

Sophie has also been a Youth Consultant at KYDS (Ku-ring-gai Youth Development Service), 2011-2014, helping to devise policies, procedures and programs for marginalized youth, and has authored several publications, including in peer reviewed journals. In addition, Sophie was invited to speak at the 2014 International Women’s Day at an event hosted by the Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association of Australia (PPSEAWA) and has presented on “The Rights of the Child” at the Annual Janusz Korczak Commemoration at the Sydney Jewish Museum. Through her involvement in various community activities, Sophie has been recognised with an Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award and several other awards, and has received commendations in the 2013 Marie Bashir Peace Award and Order of Australia Association 2014 John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award.

 

Ruth Parsons Photo (2)Ruth Parsons

Ruth is a Gold Duke of Ed Awardee, and is in her second year of study completing a multidisciplinary degree of Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Policy Studies. Ruth has a keen interest in economics as a science, particularly in combination with other disciplines that influence economic decision-making and policy outcomes. She has worked full time for 6 months at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, an organisation aiming to promote healing and growth in Australian Indigenous communities.

Ruth strongly believes in the ability of policy and diplomacy to create meaningful change and hopes that participating in the Voices of the Future conference will enable her to make a difference.

“I hope that this conference will provide me with a deeper understanding of regional issues, and assist me to better understand Australia’s present and future role in the Asia Pacific region, and the perspective of our neighbours. I hope to gain a better understanding of international trade matters and how domestic and international policy can affect diplomatic relations.”

She has been a participant in United Nations Youth Conferences, and is a recipient of the Australian National University Centenary Scholarship. In the future, Ruth aspires to be a policymaker, believing that prudent policymaking can aid inclusive growth.

Read more about APEC 2015 Voices of the Future Forum

 

APEC 2015 Voices of the Future Journey

APEC 2015 Voices of the Future Journey

 

Day 7, Wednesday 18th November 2015 – Youth Declarationobama

At the CEO Summit they heard addresses by the President of China H.E. Xi Jinping, the PM of Russia – Dmitry Medvedev and  US President Obama moderates the conversation between entrepreneurs Mr Jack Ma & Ms Aisa Mijeno.

President Obama’s address framed the discussion of protecting the environment and sustainability, highlighting the key roles measures that young business leader can undertake. Interestingly, Ms Mijeno, a Filipino engineer, has developed a lamp fueled by saltwater. Such innovation is critical to the development of rural areas, and working towards a more sustainable resource. The discussion engaged the youth delegates to consider environmental sustainability and greater community benefit.

Today the youth educators signed off the Youth Declaration.

Developing a declaration that reflected the aspirations of such a diverse range of economies was certainly a challenge! The differing perspectives and priorities of the economies was difficult to meet, however, through collaboration, the youth delegates identified developed key themes within their groups. These themes included:

  • Environment and sustainability
  • Empowering Small to medium enterprises (SMEs) through possible tax deductions, and enabling them in E-commerce
  • Education and capacity building

The opportunity for the group to workshop through their ideas and synergise with other delegates, enhanced their understanding of natural resource management, and its impact on global businesses.closing ceremony

The APEC 2015 Voices programme concluded with a night of fun, laughter and friendship. With speeches and awards, the working committee and delegates thanked each other for all their work and participation and were treated to a dance performance by a local Filipino group. The group dressed up in Australian attire as bush conservationists; a theme which was loved by the other delegates.The ceremony concluded with exchange of gifts and well wishes. The delegates experienced a unique week of learning, collaborating and developing their voice as an active generation involved in world and regional affairs.

Photo with Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, with the backdrop of the spectacular Ayala Triangle.  With Madelin Strupitis-Haddrick, Sophie Walters and Ruth Parsons.
Photo with Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, with the backdrop of the spectacular Ayala Triangle. With Madelin Strupitis-Haddrick, Sophie Walter and Ruth Parsons.

Day 6, Tuesday 17th November 2015 – APEC CEO Summit and SME Summit

The youth delegates formed two groups, with each attending the APEC CEO Summit 2015 and the SME Summit.

 

A highlight from the CEO Summit was a panel discussion on building better cities. There was one Australian representative was on the panel – Robert Doyle, Lord Mayor of Melbourne. Mr Doyle discussed a significant challenge for our future cities; connecting federal, state, local and private entities to build infrastructure.

 

Day 5, Monday 16 November 2015 – APEC CEO Summit

APEC CEO Summit 2015 “Creating the Future: Better, Stronger, Together” and the APEC CEO Summit – Welcome Reception

The Australian delegation joined the other Voices delegates, business leaders and CEOs for the commencement of the APEC CEO Summit.

President Benito Aquino III opened the summit by addressing the packed crowd, speaking about the importance of inclusive growth and how his anti-corruption, economically focused government has aimed to promote this. The second summit session featured a panel discussing the current geopolitical and economic situation in the world, with insights from President Michelle Bachelet of Chile, Ian Bremmer (president of the Eurasia group), Dennis Nally (Global Chairman PWC) and John Rice (vice chairman of General Electric). This mix of perspectives from business, government and geopolitical analytics gave the delegates present an enhanced appreciation of the interconnectedness of international affairs, with a particularly interesting insight being the Asia-Pacific’s relative international political stability enticing greater investment. The afternoon session opened with an engaging talk by David Plouffe about Uber not being in competition with taxis but rather aiming to shape the way people use cars and benefit from the sharing economy. This then progressed to a panel discussing innovation and entrepreneurship, presenting the example of Taiwan/Chinese Taipei’s transition into a high-tech economy.

There was a consensus among the panelists that it is more effective to use existing infrastructure more efficiently, rather than build infrastructure additional infrastructure.APEC 2015 Australian Attendees

Another issue discussed was how disruption (whether natural or man made) will alter the way cities operate. The panel agreed that ability to cope with and absorb disruption is important to improve the cities of the future.

The Australian youth representatives met Mr Doyle at the reception after the summit and talked about the panel discussion.

As the engaging first day drew to a close, the youth and other delegates made their way to Ayala Plaza for a Fiesta-themed welcome reception. This extravagant affair was truly spectacular, giving the delegates both a vision of the fiestas that take place in each province in the Philippines along with a chance to meet some of the business leaders attending the summit.

 

Day 4, Sunday 15 November 2015 – Cultural Tour to Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm

The group visit Gawad Kalinga Enchanted Farm in Bulacan

After a short plenary, delegates got to tour around the GK Enchanted Farm, led by Tony Meloto and other social entrepreneurs.

The delegates also got the chance to experience different social enterprise demos, where the entrepreneurs explained and demonstrated how the products are made. Some of them even got to try making these products themselves.

 

Day 3, Saturday 14 November 2015 – Opening Ceremony

The APEC Voices of the Future 2015 Opening Ceremony was welcomed by Mr James Soh, Co-Chair of the APEC Voices Leadership Council, and Mr Richard Bolt of the Asian Development Bank, with addresses from H.E Cesar Purisima, Secretary of Finance, Republic of the Philippines and H.E. Philip Goldberg, US Ambassador to the Philippines. Then, with a ceremonial strike of a triangle, the conference was open!

Mr Noel Gould, Co-Chair of the APEC Voices Leadership Council, addressed the youth forum. Mr Gould spoke on how youth can contribute to building sustainable and resilient communities in the Asia Pacific region. Next, a representative from each economy presented a youth declaration. Each economy shared their strengths and aspirations, with Miguel speaking on behalf of the Australian delegation.

The delegates were then introduced to ‘Youth4Asia’, an initiative of the Asian Development Bank. Youth4Asia, among other projects, facilitates a competition that encourages youths to design and implement creative solutions to current needs.

 

Day 2, Friday, 13 November 2015 – Asian Development Bank

The first official day of the Forum program took the APEC youth representatives to the Asian Development Bank for the opening session which focused on improving their understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals and the sharing and development of ideas on how they as youth could promote progress on these.

APEC 2015 Group PhotoFollowing this, they had the privilege of being joined by key leaders and members of ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council) for a forum in which they listened to an responded to issues raised by youth delegates. This was followed by a reception with these business leaders at Ayala Museum: a night of learning about the history of the Philippines and getting the opportunity to speak to business leaders and other youth delegates.

The group had the opportunity to meet the influential magnate, Jaime Zobel de Ayala at the opening function and Australian Youth representative – Miguel Vera-Cruz as a Filipino, travelling through the regions of Manila, was taken back to his cultural heritage and felt inspired to take up more of a leadership position in encouraging Filipinos to recognise themselves, and to stand up and be counted on the world stage, for their long-term development and growth. Miguel said ” Through the APEC summit, I have gained the courage to embrace my Filipino heritage, and believe this platform will be the bridge between Australia and the Philippines, and an opportunity for the host nation to increase its presence in the global leadership arena. The APEC Voices of the Future summit has inspired me to engage in cross cultural community development- growing together in a regional context”.

 

Day 1, Thursday, 12 November 2015

Most of the group arrived in Manila to be greeted with a warm welcome from the Filipino people.  The Australian team met each other over dinner and had a brief orientation and briefing conducted by Mr Noel Gould, Chairman, Virtual Trade Mission Foundation International APEC Voices Leadership Council and APEC Voices Working Committee, Philippines. The group then joined their fellow APEC delegates from Japan, the Philippines, and Chinese Taipei for a dinner filled with engaging conversations on the summit and relevant issues affecting young people.

 

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APEC 2015 ‘Voices of the Future’ Representatives

Read all about who will be representing Australia at the 2015 APEC Voices of the Future Forum here

  • Miguel Vera-Cruz

    Miguel Vera-Cruz photo

    Miguel is currently undertaking his Gold Award, and is in his 6th year of a Bachelor of International Studies (International Business) and a Bachelor of Laws. He recently represented Australia in the Asia-Europe Foundation’s (ASEF) Students Forum in Hangzhou. He has visited 13 countries to date and won the Hong Kong Government Scholarship to write blog posts on Hong Kong twice weekly during his exchange. One of his most notable achievements is his role as Student Caller for the UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship Appeal Feb-Jul 2012 in which he helped raise $500,000 for Scholarship funds for university students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

  • Ben Galea

    Ben Galea photo

    Benjamin is a Bronze Duke of Ed Awardee, and is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts (major in Developmental Studies, and minor in Sustainable Development), and a Bachelor of Science (major in Natural Resource Management, and minor in Earth and Marine Science). Benjamin is also a Queensland Youth Strategy Ambassador, volunteering and participating as part of the Qld Governments Youth Strategy. In addition, Benjamin has been actively involved in the rural and indigenous communities, and a member of the selection committee for the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) Heywire Innovation Grants for 2015.

  • Madelin Strupitis-Haddrick

    Madelin photo

    Madelin is a Gold Duke of Ed Awardee, and is in her first year of a Bachelor of International and Global Studies. She has 6 years of involvement in public speaking, debating and ‘Justice & Democracy’ society at Brigidine College, and was the Brigidine Debating Captain in 2013. She was a key organiser of World Vision 40-hour famine at Brigidine College 2012, and was consequently shortlisted for the position of World Vision Youth Ambassador 2013. She has been a member of the OLPS Church Music Ministry for the past 8 years, also volunteering for Lifeline (2013) and the St Vincent de Paul Society (2010-2011).

  • Sophie Walter

    Headshot Sophie Walter2

    Sophie is a Gold Duke of Ed Awardee, and has been a school leader for Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award participants. She has also been a Youth Consultant at KYDS (Ku-ring-gai Youth Development Service), 2011-2014, devising policies, procedures and programs for marginalized youth, and has written several publications, including an article on KYDS service in Australasian Psychiatry (a peer reviewed publication). In addition, Sophie was invited to speak at the 2014 International Women’s Day at an event hosted by the Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association of Australia (PPSEAWA), and presented on “The Rights of the Child”, Annual Janusz Korckzak Commemoration, Sydney Jewish Museum. Through her involvement in the community, Sophie has been recognised with an Order of Australia Association 2014 John Lincoln Youth Community Service Awards, and an Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award.

  • Ruth Parsons

    Ruth is a Gold Duke of Ed Awardee, and is in her second year of study completing a multidisciplinary degree of Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of Policy Studies. Ruth has a keen interest in economics as a science, particularly in combination with other disciplines that influence economic decision-making and outcomes. She has worked full time for 6 months at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation, an organisation aiming to promote healing and growth in Australian Indigenous communities. She has also been a participant in UN Youth Conferences, and is a recipient of the Australian National University Centenary Scholarship. She also produced a peer reviewed publication in an undergraduate academic journal ‘Cross Sections’.

 

 

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5 young Australian’s will represent Australian youth at APEC –  VOICES OF THE FUTURE 2015 to be held November 12-19, 2015 in Manila Philippines

Founded in 2007, APEC Voices of the Future is a youth meeting for exchanges among young students(18-25 years of age) from each of the 21 economies represented and is held concurrently with the APEC Summit, aiming to let young students know more about APEC, expand their horizons, stimulate their enthusiasm for taking on the roles of leaders, and promote in-depth cultural exchanges among countries.

Australia through the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has nominated 5 participants (4 youth participants and 1 educator) to represent Australia at APEC Voices of the Future Youth Forum 2015 to be held in Manila Philippines November 12-19.

This years theme is “Building a Sustainable Future: Inclusive Growth, Resilience, Empowerment”.

Attended by over 120 delegates from 21 APEC Economies the meeting provides a platform to address issues relating to APEC from a young leaders perspective.

 

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About Us

About Us

Today over 143 countries have adopted The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program and more than 8 million young people have participated worldwide.  Locally over 700,000 young people have completed the Award in Australia in the past 50 years.

The program gives a structure for young Australians aged 14 – 25 to realise their ambitions and to change their world.  They will move beyond their comfort zones and gain a sense of real achievement and self-confidence.

Our Reach

Today, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Australia can be found right across the country, engaging over 35,000 young people and over 80,000 Volunteers annually. Our program is run in cities, rural and remote areas, through Government and independent schools, universities, and a wide range of organisations such as Indigenous communities, new refugee support programs, sports clubs, employers, prisons and youth detention centres and community organisations such as Surf Life Saving, disability groups and other youth programs. We also support Open Award Centres for young people to access the Award if there are no other convenient organisations in their community.

Our Vision

All young people in Australia are empowered to explore their potential and achieve success through access and participation in The Duke of Ed.

Our Purpose

To provide, promote and preserve a framework of Award participation that equips, engages and empowers all young people in Australia to explore their potential and to better understand who they are.

Our Commitment

Young people, regardless of their location or circumstance, are the central focus of all our endeavours.

Our Impact

Benefits

 Our Details

  • Established in 1962, after being first introduced in Australia in 1958.
  • 35,000 young people participating annually.
  • Over 700,000 Participants have completed their Award in Australia within the past 50 years.
  • Approximately 80,000 volunteers
  • Approximately 200,000 volunteer service hours pa by Award participants
  • The Duke of Ed operates in over 1,100 schools, youth organisations, community groups, correctional services, employers and Government departments.
  • The Duke of Ed has minimal infrastructure of its own – it is used by established organisations such as schools, universities and community organisations to extend their programs and provide recognition for the activities that their youth udnertake.

 Strategic Objectives

  1. Increase participation of young people in the Award in Australia;
  2. Ensure our program is of the highest quality and is delivered effectively;
  3. Ensure sustainability of the Award;
  4. To promote equity and ensure that all young people, regardless of their circumstance, have easy access to the Award program;
  5. To position the Award as a leader in the delivery of highly recognised non-formal education

 

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