The Award Programme was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1956 as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The aim was to motivate young people aged between 14 and 25 years to become involved in a balanced Programme of voluntary self-development activities to take them through the potentially difficult period between adolescence and adulthood.

The Award's concept is one of individual challenge, giving young people a balanced, non-competitive Programme of voluntary activities which encourage personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance, responsibility to themselves and service to their community. Those who participate in the Award are expected to follow its requirements in a non-competitive manner with a determination to succeed, either individually or as part of a team. The Award therefore is challenging, and can be undertaken at your own pace.

The Participation Age is between 14 and 25 years. The basic structure of the Award consists of 4 mandatory sections Service, Adventurous Journey, Skills and Physical Recreation. There are 3 levels of the Award - Bronze, Silver & Gold. Participants must complete the four mandatory sections of Service, Adventurous Journey, Skill & Physical Recreation.

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The Sanskaar Valley School as YES Centre

The Sanskaar Valley School was made National License Operator (NLO) as a YES (Youth Engaging Society) Centre in India on April 13, 2012. The Centre functions as a model award unit and offers skills training initiatives and helps volunteer join community service initiatives. Keeping in mind the true spirit of the Award philosophy, the Programme will be available to all without any form of discrimination. Young people in the 14 to 25 age groups who wish to take up the challenge, and do not have access to an Award Centre / registered School or College, may enroll with The Sanskaar Valley School 'YES Centre' (Youth Engaging Society) .

Level of Award
Level Minimum Period of Participation by
Direct Entrants Awards Holder
Gold 18 Months 12 Months ( If Silver Holder)
Silver 12 Months 6 Months ( If Bronze Holder)
Bronze 6 Months