Several years ago, Viewpoint became one of the first schools in the United States to sponsor the Duke of Edinburgh’s Young American’s Challenge International Award. On May 11, 2007, 45 Viewpoint students were among the first in the country to receive the Bronze Award. The ceremony was held in the Carlson Family Theater in the presence of His Royal Highness The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Founded by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1956, the International Award is an exciting self-development program available to young people worldwide equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities, and their world. To date, over seven million young people from over 132 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities to meet the requirements of this award.
Details about the program:
- Students in Viewpoint’s Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Twelfth Grades are eligible to enter the program this year to earn the Bronze Award.
- To earn an award, students and their advisors at Viewpoint will design a set of personal goals in four different areas: Service to Others, Adventurous Journey, Practical or Vocational Life Skills, and Physical Recreation.
- There are three levels of the award: Bronze requires six months of participation; Silver requires an additional six months; and Gold requires an additional 12 months of participation. All students must complete their goals to earn their awards. Click here for more information on the Bronze level. Click here for more information on the Silver and Gold levels.
Who Should Enter this Program
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program is entirely optional. We offer it at Viewpoint as a unique opportunity, and do not wish to appear to be exerting any influence to do so. The academic demands of Viewpoint School and our students’ many out-of-class commitments are considerable. Students and their families should carefully consider undertaking this additional challenge.
Students who wish to enter the Duke of Edinburgh’s Program should:
- Be students in good standing at Viewpoint, academically and behaviorally.
- Be willing and able to commit additional time beyond their current activities at Viewpoint and outside of Viewpoint.
- Have a history of being entirely responsible and conscientious about their duties.
- Be students who have cheerfully and consistently been observant of all the School’s rules and requirements, including dress code, parking rules, and attendance requirements.
- Please know that Viewpoint expects to offer this program in the coming years. Thus, students who do not have the time or inclination to pursue these awards in the current school year may do so in future years.
How to Participate
Students who wish to participate in this exciting program and meet all of the requirements stated above, should contact Alan Howie, Head of Upper School, at 818-591-6466 or firstname.lastname@example.org
. A letter from the student will be required which should include the their reasons for wishing to enter the program, and the student’s assessment of his or her schedule in that current school year which will allow time for the program. For further information about the program, consult www.intaward.org