National awards to help local youth
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 email@example.com.