The Wairoa Young Achievers Trust is one of around 700 organisations licensed to operate the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Hillary Award in New Zealand.
This Award is part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s international development programme for young people aged between 14 and 25, currently run in 126 countries around the world.
The Hillary Award is based on the successful completion of a structured programme of voluntary, non-competitive leisure activities. The award is granted to those who achieve a series of personal, individual challenges that introduce young people to a wide range of exciting, enjoyable activities for their free time. The Award is granted at three different levels (bronze, silver and gold).
Anyone between the ages of 14 and 24 can take up the programme regardless of gender, background or abilities. All Awards must be completed by the participant’s 25th birthday. Participants fill out a registration form and receive an official Record Book before they can count any activities towards the Award.
The Wairoa Young Achievers Trust relies on grants, local business support and contributions from the families and young people participating in the programme for these Awards to happen. It also relies heavily on a huge number of volunteers who are prepared to share their skills, experience and organising abilities to support and challenge young people to gain their Awards.