County teenagers graduate from National Citizen Service

Graduates from the NCS with their certificates
Graduates from the NCS with their certificates

Over 800 teens from across the county have been recognised for their summertime achievements during a special graduation ceremony.

Northants 16 to 17-year-olds completed the four-week National Citizen Service (NCS) programme by spending their summer holiday taking on new challenges, developing important skills, including leadership, teamwork and communication, and giving back to their local communities.

Teenagers who finished the programme received a certificate signed by the Prime Minister and celebrated their accomplishments in style during a series of graduation ceremonies held at Northampton University, featuring guest speakers and video content recapping their journey with NCS.

For teenagers taking part, graduating from the programme also opens the door for other unique opportunities like becoming an NCS mentor or ambassador, as well as the possibility of traveling overseas with the International Citizen Service.

Phil Everett, Communications Manager for NCS EM1, which delivers the scheme to Northamptonshire teenagers, said: “We can’t say enough about all the amazing young people that took part in this summer’s NCS programme.

“Each and every one has given it their all, grown as individuals and really made a difference in their communities.

“NCS is all about helping teens build skills and experiences to help them when applying for jobs and university, so having such a large group from Northamptonshire take part this summer is huge for us, them and the future of the country.”

NCS is a government initiative that provides young people between the ages of 15-17 the chance to take on new challenges, experience exciting activities, make long-lasting friendships, and develop vital skills that will support them later in life.

Teenagers unable to take part this summer can sign up for this year’s autumn programme, which starts on the October 23, the first day of half term.

Phil added: “Our autumn programme is always extremely popular, especially for teens that missed the deadline for summer.

“It’s perfect for those that have time to spare during half term and want to get away from home for a couple days, and for no more than £50, you can’t beat the memories and experiences to be had!”

For more information or to sign up, visit www.ncsem1.org.uk, www.facebook.com/NCSEM1 or email ncs@eblo.org.uk.