On the hunt for young achievers

EYES OPEN: Rachel Whitford, Carrie Buttars and Stacey Clift are looking for Duke of Edinburgh nominees.
EYES OPEN: Rachel Whitford, Carrie Buttars and Stacey Clift are looking for Duke of Edinburgh nominees.

TEENAGERS and young adults who love meeting new people, taking on new challenges and giving back to their community are being urged to nominate themselves to be part of this year's Duke of Edinburgh Award.

The internationally acclaimed program aims to help young people aged between 14 and 25 to reach their potential by completing four different frameworks.

These include physical recreation, skills, volunteering and adventurous journey at a bronze, silver and gold level.

Traditionally run through the schools, local Police Citizen Youth Clubs (PCYCs) are now offering to help young people within Logan become part of this program.

Tudor Park PCYC community development officer Carrie Buttars said there were numerous benefits of completing the program.

"The Duke of Edinburgh Award is great for a young person to have under their belt because it can help contribute to their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) when they graduate," Miss Buttars said.

"The great thing about it is it's not academic, so it doesn't count towards their OP.

"But they can receive credit for activities they are already doing such as volunteer work or playing local sport.

"Future employers also look favourably on the Duke of Edinburgh award because it shows the kids are motivated, they have done something they don't have to do and have had exposure to new and different experiences."

Throughout the program, participants record their activities which can be as simple as shooting hoops for an hour, helping out others and taking part in camping trips.

Miss Buttars said the great thing about the program was there were no set guidelines about the activities so participants could tailer the program to their own interests.

"What a lot of young kids don't realise is they are ticking all the boxes for it, which is a shame because they are not being rewarded for the efforts they are putting in," she said.

Tudor Park PCYC will be hosting a free information night for parents, teachers and young people interested in receiving the Duke of Edinburgh award on Friday, May 11 from 4pm until 6pm.

Two PCYC coordinators will be there to answer any questions as well as handing out some freebies.

For more information contact the PCYC on 3801 7400.

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