FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Grant will support partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award USA program.
PHILADELPHIA, PAâ€” Â Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) received a $5,000 grant from the Society of St. George of Philadelphia to support the POBS partnership with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award USA program.Â
Through the Duke of Edinburghâ€™s International Award USA program, Outward Bound staff provides mentorship, logistical resources, and financial support to young people seeking to realize their leadership potential by setting personalized goals and engaging in service projects, skills development, physical recreation, and an â€śadventurous journey,â€ť often a wilderness expedition or exploration. POBS is one of 34 partners across the country licensed by the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award USA to implement the award program in their communities.
â€śWe are thrilled to receive this gift from the Society of St. George of Philadelphia to help build future leaders in our region,â€ť said Meg Wise, POBS executive director.
Since 2018, over 35 POBSÂ participants have been working on the Bronze or Silver Award. In 2020, five POBS students earned their Bronze Award from The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. Over 600 young people are currently pursuing their Award in the United States.
The Society of St. George of Philadelphia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering community and advancing English-focused educational opportunities for those living in the Philadelphia region.Â Â
â€śThe Society of St. George of Philadelphia takes great pleasure in supporting the Duke of Edinburgh International Award USA,â€ť said Bill Thompson, president, Society of St. George of Philadelphia. â€śIt is a perfect combination of our interest in English heritage and in advancing local educational opportunities. POBS is a worthy recipient of our support.â€ť
â€śYoung people are in greater need than ever before to have opportunities to build their skills, leadership and resilience, through experiences outside the classroom,â€ť said Elizabeth Higgins-Beard, The Duke of Edinburghâ€™s International Award USA. â€śThis generous gift will allow the Philadelphia Outward Bound School and Award USA to continue to help youth reach their infinite potential.â€ť
ABOUT PHILADELPHIA OUTWARD BOUND SCHOOL
The Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS), serves thousands of youth, teachers, community partners and corporate clients each year and is fully accredited by the Association for Experiential Education. POBS provides a wide array of day programs and expeditionsÂ in Philadelphia and across the region in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. For nearly 30 years, POBS has provided access to Outward Boundâ€™s time-tested educational model for Philadelphiaâ€™s future leaders. Watch a video about POBS here.
ABOUT THE SOCIETY OF ST. GEORGE OF PHILADELPHIA
The Society of St. George of Philadelphia is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering community and advancing English-focused educational opportunities for those living in the Philadelphia region.
ABOUT DUKE OF EDINBURGHâ€™S INTERNATIONAL AWARD USA
The Duke of Edinburghâ€™s International Award USA is a flexible and proven youth development program for 14â€“24 year-olds that complements formal classroom learning and focuses on real-world experiences that build essential life skills including character, resilience and self-confidence. Watch a video about The Duke of Edinburghâ€™s International Award USA.Â
Erin Mooney, Philadelphia Outward Bound School