New money for Duke of Edinburgh program
The Duke of Edinburgh’s award program in Newfoundland and Labrador is in much stronger fiscal shape because of recent funding from the provincial government.
The announcement was made at the Virginia Park Community Centre in St. John’s on June 16.
The $ 55,000 investment from the Grants to Youth Organizations program will augment the $78,000 already contributed by the government through Budget 2010-11.
The province’s minister responsible for youth engagement, Darrin T. King said, “ The effective operation of programs such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s award relies on having appropriate staffing levels in place.”
The new funding will be used to hire a staff member in Central Newfoundland and enlarge the current staff in the capital city.
President of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award of Newfoundland and Labrador Toby Barnes said the investment will bring the program to more youth, who can “ benefit from the personal development and growth the ... award encourages.”
Incidentally, the funding was received less than a week after the 90th birthday of Prince Philip, founder of the award.
“His vision of the program was to equip youth for life’s challenges,” Barnes added.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in the United Kingdom in 1956, and was started in Newfoundland and Labrador in 1974. It is available to young people ages 14-25 and empowers them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and their country. It also engages them in such areas as self-reliance, leadership and citizen development. There are currently 3,100 youth registered in the program in this province.
“ We have seen the tremendous opportunities being a participant can bring,” Barnes said.