CBA Aiming To Join Award Programme Success
The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, which aims at developing young people and recognising their skills, was set up at the Academy last year. CBA was one of 7 schools in the county to establish a new group during 2009-10.
Last Tuesday, hundreds of young people from across the county gathered for a presentation evening in Northampton to recognise those who achieved a gold, silver or bronze award in the last year.
Northamptonshire has seen a 70% increase in the last two years in the number of young people receiving their Duke of Edinburgh Award and there are hopes that CBA students will soon be joining them, with plans for next year's programme due to get under way soon.
Depending the award, each level has a minimum time commitment of between 3 and 18 months, with four sections - volunteering, physical, skills and the expedition.
Karl Lomax and Tony Segalini led the creation of CBA's Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme and Mr Lomax said: "The students who have participated in the activities such as organising an expedition have benefited greatly. We hope to continue with the programme with older students taking a more active and leading role in the development of younger students."
Duke of Edinburgh Award Midlands region director Phil Brown said: "In the past five years the Northamptonshire team has seen the numbers of young people receiving awards edging ever closer to 5,000 young adults, making a real difference in community volunteering and developing the skills that will prepare them for the world of work or further education."