Support the future of young people
Why support us?
The Duke of Edinburgh International Award – Bulgaria (“The Award” for short) is a non-formal education program that develops universal skills for a fulfilling life, career and social contribution. Within it, young people aged 14 to 24 set goals related to their personal interests in various areas and are supported by inspiring mentors. Since 2014 we have been cooperating with over 60 schools, municipalities and non-governmental organizations in Bulgaria. During these years, the Award has reached thousands of young people, and there are already hundreds of Award holders.
We have an abundance of feedback from participants and Award holders who share how the programme has helped them increase their confidence, become more resilient and adaptable, and in some cases change their lives. Respondents talk about their personal growth. The Award has taught them commitment, changed their perspective, made them more well-rounded, confident, resilient, responsible, and independent.
How can you support us?
If you want to invest in the development of young people in Bulgaria, supporting a lifelong experience, you can choose one of the following options:
Become a friend of the Award
If you choose to support us with a donation, you will invest in the potential of young people in Bulgaria, helping them to develop lifelong skills. Your donation will be used for one or more of the following purposes:
- Trainings for volunteers to work directly with young people
- Organizing adventure journeys in nature
- Holding official events for awarding participants
- National and international meetings for exchange of experience of participants in the Award
What will your donation be used for?
The Award has an impact on the development of young people, cultivating important life skills, strengthening their self-confidence and positive attitude towards life. By investing in the program, you help more young people prepare for the world and discover their infinite potential.
Depending on the amount of your donation, you can support the growth of the program at national and local level by:
Apply the Award methodology in your company to develop your employees and your immediate community, and mentor young people in it.
Support a school of your choice by paying an annual license fee
You finance additional trainings for the volunteers of the Award – teachers, youth and social workers
Make the Award accessible to young people in financial difficulties
Be an official sponsor of our events, trainings or official awarding ceremonies
Become a corporate partner
Support a school
Invest in the participants by financing the implementation of the program in a school of your choice
Partnering with us can help you implement the Award in your company and empower younger employees with the universal skills they need to advance in their organization and career. In this way, you will invest in your employees by providing them with a platform in which to develop their mentoring skills
The Award is a personal development program through which many personal and academic successes can be achieved. Young people need to be actively involved in non-formal education and the development of "soft skills", for which the Award can help a lot. The award left a lasting impression on me - it made me believe in my abilities and give my best to experience the pleasure of reaching the ultimate goal.
The pandemic that swept the world forced us to shut ourselves in our homes, and we had to remain productive and positive. Because despite the difficulties in our daily lives, life must go on, and we must strive for our dreams again. The Award gives us the unique opportunity to have fun with new activities while getting to know ourselves and everything around us. And young people need to know what they are capable of in order to be able to rule a new and better world.
I definitely became more responsible - by committing to the Award I made a commitment - mostly to myself, and I really wanted to fulfill it. The encouragement to volunteer when I was just 15, to dare to step out of my comfort zone, to try things I had never thought of trying, and to turn out to be an important part of my life puzzle with the goals which I have achieved and with the experience I have gained is invaluable.
I grew up with the Award. I developed myself, I changed my worldview, I met wonderful people. When I applied for a job, the information related to the Award turned out to be quite impressive and interesting for employers. However, she cultivates qualities that are highly valued in the work environment.
The experience is incomparable, because you embark on a vast adventure of self-knowledge and meet different people who often become your friends and associates in the desire for change. I understood who I was, what I wanted to do in the future and how I could achieve my goals.
The realization that gradual development is fundamental to all areas of our lives came after the award at the Bronze level. What is learned during the program should be applied after the end of it, and when it becomes a daily routine to be strict, everything is done with great ease and speed.
I think the Award would be useful for anyone looking for direction, but needs a structure to find it. In addition to the ability to set goals and perform, the Award introduced me to quite inspiring people and brought me closer to some of my best friends. Thanks to my success, I also developed my sense of self-confidence.
I think what is really special about the Duke of Edinburgh Award is that it gives people the opportunity to take control of their own development in order to acquire skills and gain the confidence that they can contribute and make a difference. I feel proud and happy to support the program of the Award here in Bulgaria with everything I can do to support its promotion throughout the country, because I think this is a fantastic initiative.
For me, this is a brilliant program. It offers young people from all walks of life, from all backgrounds, a real opportunity to grow and learn, to develop resilience, initiative, teamwork skills, a sense of social responsibility because we live in a world and environment that are bigger than us, but we play our part in this context.
I am extremely proud of myself for showing perseverance and effort to achieve my goal. However, it doesn't happen every day that you are rewarded for having fun for three months. The award gave me courage. Fill me with an extreme thirst for new challenges. Wishing to meet more amazing people like those from the Award board and the participants. And perhaps most importantly - faith that I can achieve anything I want!