Na­tional awards to help lo­cal youth

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE Whit­sun­day PCYC has launched its big­gest youth pro­gram yet in the Whit­sun­days through the in­tro­duc­tion of the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s In­ter­na­tional Award and na­tional Bridge Award.

The awards chal­lenge young peo­ple in Aus­tralia to ex­plore their po­ten­tial, to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate and con­nect with their com­mu­nity.

The Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award is an in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised pro­gram for young peo­ple aged 14 - 25 years.

It re­quires a weekly com­mit­ment to phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, skills and vol­un­teer­ing, with the award scheme set­ting the foun­da­tion for a well rounded and healthy life­style for lo­cal youth.

School aged par­tic­i­pants can gain up to four points to­ward their Queens­land Cer­tifi­cate of Ed­u­ca­tion and the award is widely recog­nised when ap­ply­ing for study or work.

Tim Mar­shall from the Whit­sun­day PCYC said the pro­gram aligned di­rectly to PCYC ob­jec­tives.

“This means that par­tic­i­pants can re­ceive for­mal re- cog­ni­tion for their in­volve­ment in PCYC pro­grams in the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“The PCYC is also able to of­fer an op­tion to those not cur­rently en­gaged in school or who find them­selves en­rolling in­de­pen­dently to gain sup­port.”

The Bridge Award is a de­vel­op­ment pro­gram for young peo­ple aged be­tween 11 years and six months to 14 years, who due to spe­cial cir­cum­stances may ex­pe­ri­ence bar­ri­ers to par­tic­i­pat­ing in The Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award.

It in­tro­duces young peo­ple to a range of new op­por­tu­ni­ties and ac­tiv­i­ties, and as­sists them to de­velop their skills, po­ten­tial and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­mu­nity.

An in­for­ma­tion night will be held at the Whit­sun­day PCYC tonight (Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 6) from 6.30pm.

A video out­lin­ing the new youth pro­grams is avail­able on YouTube by search­ing PCYC - Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Award & The Bridge Award.

For in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Tim Mar­shall 4948 1144 or email tim.mar­

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