Youth Minister congratulates Duke of Edinburgh's Award recipients
Youth Minister Tony Piccolo will tonight present about 150 young people with the Duke of Edinburgh's Silver or Bronze award.
Mr Piccolo said the Duke of Edinburgh's Award program provides young people with self-confidence, motivation, new opportunities and friendships.
"I congratulate these young South Australians, including 27 silver and 119 bronze award recipients, for undertaking this personal challenge," Mr Piccolo said.
"The Award program covers activities in physical recreation, skills development and volunteering. It teaches young people team work and communication skills that will assist their studies and future careers.
"It offers flexibility and allows participants to choose activities that interest them."
Participants have been involved in many different activities including cricket, modern jazz dancing, karate, water polo, rowing and lacrosse.
"They have developed their skills in such things as learning a new language, music instrument or vocal training, public speaking, culinary experience or photography," Mr Piccolo said.
"They have supported the community in various volunteering roles including undertaking patrols with Surf Life Saving SA, visiting the elderly, maintaining grave sites at the West Terrace Cemetery and making teddy bears for Trauma Teddies."
Another important component of the program is the opportunity to complete an adventurous journey. The journeys included student exchanges to Vietnam, Spain, and, closer to home, camps on the Murray, in the Flinders Ranges, the Grampians and on Kangaroo Island.
Tonight's recipients will travel from across the state, including students from Cowell Area School, Jamestown Community School, Loxton High School, Meningie Area School, Naracoorte High School, Tumby Bay Area School and Wudinna Area School.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an international program for young people aged between 14 and 25, with more than 120 countries and more than six million participants having already completed the award.
For more information on the program in South Australia visit: www.officeforyouth.sa.gov.au/Programs/DukeofEdinburghsAward.aspx