The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award USA is an exciting self-development program available to all youth ages 14 to 25 worldwide, equipping them with confidence and skills to make a difference within themselves, their communities, and the world. Participants have the opportunity to earn the Bronze, Silver, and Gold level awards.  To date, more than 8 million young people from over 140 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities to earn their own DofE Award.  

Reasons why Miss California contestants participate:

1)  The DofE award is a prestigious and exciting item to put on your resume
2)  3 of the 4 components of the award are things that contestants are already fulfilling while competing in the Miss America Organization (Fitness, Talent, Service/Platform)
3)  It's fun to do!