More than 3,000 Hertfordshire young people achieve their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

26 April 2018

More than 3,000 young people in Hertfordshire achieved bronze, silver or gold awards over the last year, under the YC Hertfordshire, part of Hertfordshire County Council, licence.

214 young people achieved their gold award, which is a 12 % increase on last year.

Over the last year there has been a significant increase in enrolments for the award, with 5,690 new starters. There are now more than 10,400 young people across the county participating in a DofE programme. There are currently 98 different venues across the county, supporting young people to achieve their awards. These include schools / academies and ten YC Hertfordshire centres.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is open to all 13 to 24-year-olds. By completing a series of activities in four different sections young people can progress through the Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels. At each of the three levels young people choose activities in the following four sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition.

Those working towards Gold Level also do an additional (fifth) residential section which involves staying away from home and team work with other young people.

The number of young people achieving awards this year is testament to the commitment of more than 330 staff and volunteers who support participants to complete the programme.

YC Hertfordshire Head of Service Peter Hosier said: “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award not only encourages young people to be active and learn new skills to help with their personal development, it also gives them an understanding of the importance of getting involved in their local communities. We are really pleased that so many young people completed awards this year”.

YC Hertfordshire is a licensed organisation for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Hertfordshire. This licence allows schools, learning establishments and youth projects to deliver DofE programmes to young people under its licence.

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