The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a fantastic program for youth between the ages 14 to 25 who aim to develop their sense of character, leadership, and personal discipline. This program is known throughout the world and allows the youth to challenge themselves to new things and work at activities they are passionate about. The program is subdivided into three levels; Bronze, which takes 26 weeks to complete, Silver, which takes 52 weeks to complete, and Gold, which takes 78 weeks to complete. Through the extended timeframes necessary to complete the individual levels of the program, applicants for the award learn discipline in completing tasks over a long period of time. Last year, I was given the opportunity to start this amazing program and currently, I am working on my Silver level. Completing the Bronze Award was not easy, but it was definitely one of the most fun and enjoyable times of my life. I was able to meet and befriend incredibly amazing people through volunteering and giving service to the community.
-Sgt. Joseph Jeon