This Award was created by HM Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1956. He wanted a way to help at risk and inner city youth in London learn to become fruitful and productive citizens. The Award has 4 components: Community Service, Special Skills, Physical Recreational Activity, and Adventurous Journey. Eligible youth decide from a list of approved activities and almost all work is done within the facility. The Award is worked on every Saturday from 8am to 11am. When a youth completes the Award, they receive a Bronze Medal and Certificate signed by the Duke. Leaders will work with the Volunteer Services Coordinator and at least one Juvenile Care Worker. It should take a minimum 24 weeks for a youth to complete the Award. Should a youth leave our facility prior to completion of the Award, they are expected to complete it at home.
If you are interested but do not live in the Jackson Metro area you can still help by assisting the youth with an activity once they go home.
For more information on the Award please visit www.usaward.org and for a copy of our policy governing the Award on campus visit http://www.mdhs.state.ms.us/pdfs/dysnewpol/dyssec13/dyssection1320.pdf
Volunteers must complete an application and pass a fingerprint background and National Child Abuse Registry check. These are at no cost to the volunteer. Fingerprints are done at the facility most days but an appointment is needed.
A tour of the facility is given as well. Once the check are cleared, volunteers are notified they may begin as soon as they are able.
No one has signed up yet, but you could be the first!