Randle heads Duke of Edinburgh program in U.S.

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

AMORY – Josh Randle has traveled to 20 states on behalf of a foreign prince.
In August, the 22-year-old Amory native was named national executive director for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Young Americans’ Challenge Inc.
“It’s been very busy,” Randle said. “In the past four months, I’ve been to 20 states – probably more than that.”
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award was founded in 1956 in the United Kingdom by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. His son, Prince Edward, has helped expand the program to 132 countries.
People between the ages of 14 and 25 work toward bronze, silver and gold medals by performing community service, developing special skills or improving their physical fitness.
“It’s a way to recognize their achievements and help them with their resumes when they apply for college or go into the business world,” said Randle, who’s working toward a bronze medal.
Amory native Sam Haskell III is president of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award YAC. It began in Mississippi and California, and now it’s in 20 states.
“Under Josh’s supervision, our expansion efforts are shining brightly,” Haskell said.
Randle is a magna cum laude graduate of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at the University of Mississippi. Since taking the executive director’s position, he’s been working on fundraising, as well as increasing enrollment.
Young people interested in taking part in the program are invited to call the Washington, D.C., office at (212) 534-1783, or visit www.usaward.org.
“The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a proven and trusted self-development program,” Randle said, “and my goal is to make the award available to every youth in America, especially our at-risk youth.”
Contact M. Scott Morris at (662) 678-1589 or scott.morris@djournal.com.