The presentation took place at a special evening ceremony at Barking Town Hall. Certificates were awarded on Thursday, 31 March by the Mayor, Cllr Nirmal Singh Gill.
Eighteen young people received the Silver Award, and seven young people received the Bronze Award.
Five young people were recognised for achieving Gold status and received badges that will give them access to a special ceremony that takes place at St. James’s Palace later this year.
Sajeda Kazemi, aged 18, said: "Not only was the Duke of Edinburgh about doing expeditions and achieving something personally but in our spare time we got to talk to each other and bond. I learnt not to judge people on the first appearance, which is something we all do naturally.
Through talking to them and bonding with them I have learnt that it is important to get to know people. There were three particular girls who I have so much in common with. Not only did we share laughter, we shared tears. I hope that these friendships are long lasting and that will stay with me throughout my life."
Reece Byfield, aged 18, said: "When I volunteered to teach children boxing, I never really saw it as something I would find interesting, but I enjoyed the whole experience and what you get out of it. Not only did Duke of Edinburgh lead me to getting a job and experience, I also gained aspirations for the future as I thoroughly enjoy teaching."
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is recognised as a leading achievement award for young people. There are three levels - gold, silver and bronze. It is a personal development programme that challenges young people between the ages of 14 and 25 to serve others, acquire new skills, experience adventure, and make new friends - young and old.
It takes 18 months to achieve a Gold Award, 12 months to achieve the Silver Award and six months to achieve the Bronze Award. Each young person has to volunteer in the community, learn a new skill, participate and improve in a physical activity and plan and take part in an expedition.
The award scheme began in 1956 and now operates in 53 countries around the world. It offers young people of all abilities the opportunity to learn a skill, contribute to their local communities through a service element, and taste outdoor adventure.
The Mayor, Cllr Nirmal Singh Gill, said: “It was an honour to present certificates to the young people who completed their awards which highlight the commitment and skills they have achieved over the past year. They are role models and I cannot praise them highly enough.”
Cllr Rocky Gill, Cabinet Member for Education and Children, said: “I am delighted so many young people from the borough achieved a Duke of Edinburgh Award. They showed dedication and hard work and I would like to congratulate them all on their fantastic achievement.”