Journey to Achievement- The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
“Every great achievement was once considered impossible.”- Unknown.
One of the most powerful parts of working at Two Wheel View is being witness to the accomplishments of the young people in our programs. Whether it’s earning the first bike they’ve ever owned, using a tool to remove a rather tricky part, learning to ride a bike or summiting the pass on our Argentina Bike Trip, we are privileged to be a part of each and every one of those moments. It’s a strong part of our organizational culture to recognize and celebrate achievements, which is why we are so fortunate to have found a wonderful partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program.
“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people. We are a federally registered charity for the development of people ages 14-24, equipping them with life skills that will make a difference to themselves, their community and the world.
We provide an Award that is self-directed and develops the whole person – mind, body and soul.
Our concept is one of individual challenge. We challenge young people to step outside their comfort zone and grow through the four sections (Physical Recreation, Skills, Community Service & Adventurous Journey) of The Award which encourages; personal discovery and growth, self-reliance, perseverance and responsibility.” – The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award website.
The beauty of this partnership is that youth can get additional recognition for the things they are already achieving at Two Wheel View. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is internationally recognized and provides power to the scholarship applications, university submissions and resumes of those who complete it.
Students participating in the Award can also come to TWV for support with their program. Through our Trips Program, we are not only able to help participants with the Adventurous Journey portion of their award but many of our activities contribute to their Physical Recreation, Community Service and Skill portions as well. We have a wide variety of trips that naturally fit each of the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of the award. It is often said that the most challenging part of the Award is the Adventurous Journey component. Our Trips program assists students through the planning phases, while on the trip and after they return, making this portion easily achievable.
Although our partnership is relatively new, we’ve already seen amazing results. Recently, a Silver Award Ceremony was held in Calgary where one of our past participants received his award. His mother shared this reflection with us:
“Last night my son got his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award from the Lieutenant Governor. To be at this ceremony, one has to acknowledge the prestige, as it was pretty amazing! We met one gentleman who has been involved with the program for over 55 years! He wears his Duke pin everywhere and says people around the world will then acknowledge it, as it’s so well known by those who have earned it. He said the one question that is always asked is “What was your adventurous journey?” and that the stories are amazing. I am so excited to know that for both of my sons, their adventurous journey component of their Duke awards happened with Two Wheel View -one doing Drumheller to Banff on a bicycle and one in Argentina. Both have said that those trips changed their lives. We have been told that for the rest of their lives, this is what they will most remember and most be asked about worldwide, for achieving what they have.
So much thanks to Two Wheel View for offering them these opportunities and allowing them a life changing experience while on the journey to get an amazing award (and ANYONE can get a Duke award, it is just about dedicating time to growth so I recommend all parents of kids involved with Two Wheel View look at that program – The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – AB, NT, NU Division). Thanks TWV and all your donors and sponsors. You will forever live in my son’s hearts, and ours as parents, for helping them achieve this significant milestone in their lives!”
We’ve just released our 2016 trip opportunities on our website. There are opportunities in Alberta, Quebec, Norway and Argentina for participants of the Award to use as their Adventurous Journey. To register for a trip, please email Colin.
To register for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Program, please visit their website.