First ever juvenile offender in the USA receives Award

Published: 19 Dec 2013

Dustin, former youth offender from the USA receives his Bronze Award

The first-ever juvenile offender in the USA has received his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award. 

Dustin, 18, was presented with his Award by Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant who praised the young man for his achievements. "This is a proud day for our state", said the Governor. "Our goal is to build on Oakley's success with The Duke of Edinburgh's Award through expanding our reach to more juvenile justice facilities and to share these best practices with other states across the country."

In 2012, the State of Mississippi became the first state in the nation to offer the Duke of Edinburgh's Award to juvenile offenders. Working in conjunction with the Oakley Youth Development Center in Raymond, the USA Award launched its very first Award program inside a juvenile justice facility. The State held a special ceremony to honor the first juvenile offender in the United States to earn a DofE Award.

Dustin, who was parolled earlier than expected, received his Award in front of his mother, grandmother, brother and his juvenile court judge. 

"The Award allows young people from all backgrounds to be connected in a way that no other international youth programme can offer," said Josh Randle, the USA Award's national executive director.  "Our partnership with Oakley is already making a difference, and we are very thankful to Governor Bryant for his support of this great cause."

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