New money for Duke of Edinburgh pro­gram

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

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.

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