Duke of Edinburgh Awards Program
It’s Endeavor’s pleasure to work year-round with young men from Lincoln Hall Boys’ Haven in Lincolndale, NY who participate in the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards, an after school youth development program for young people aged 14-24. Founded in the UK in 1956 by HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, the program aims to "create a world where young people can reach their full potential whatever their circumstances, equipping them with new skills, confidence and motivation to make a difference within themselves and their communities, becoming productive global citizens."
The program empowers participants to discover new interests and explore broader horizons – for many of our Lincoln Hall boys, this has included working with and learning about our horses. Participants get to design their own program, set their own goals and achieve what’s important to them. There are three Award levels—Bronze, Silver, and Gold–to be obtained over 6–18 months of involvement in the program, which are structured to be progressively more challenging—and rewarding. For each Award level, the participant completes four different sections: Skill, Service, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey.
This fall, 15-year-old Lincoln Hall resident and Duke of Edinburgh Award participant, Malik, chose to do volunteer work at Endeavor for the Service portion of his program. During his time with us, Malik helped perform crucial tasks around the farm, including repairing fence boards, installing a heater for the classroom, cleaning paddocks and water troughs, and repairing windows. He also spent a significant amount of time working with horses and learning to care for them, under the guidance of instructor and Special Programs Manager, Laura Stringer. Malik even had the opportunity to ride at Endeavor, and enjoyed – and excelled – in lessons on both Taylor and Hudson.
His dedication to the horses, hard work around the farm, and enthusiasm for trying new experiences earned him his Bronze Level award (Endeavor staff Laura, Danielle and Kelly, and volunteer Billy Neithardt were delighted to attend the awards ceremony!) and made him a pleasure to have at Endeavor. On achieving his award, Malik said "I was so proud that my mom and Laura, Kelly, Danielle and Billy were at the Lincoln Hall Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Ceremony to see me get my Bronze Award. I was glad that my mom got to meet everybody from Endeavor. I felt so excited, proud and happy that day and I want to continue to get my Silver and Gold Award. I really want to continue to work with horses thanks to Endeavor."
We wish Malik the best, and look forward to seeing him again at the farm!