Northampton teenagers graduate from National Citizen Service scheme

The graduates received a letter from the Prime Minister, David Cameron
The graduates received a letter from the Prime Minister, David Cameron

More than 200 teenagers from across Northamptonshire were recognised for the unique achievements they accomplished during over the October half-term during a special graduation ceremony.

Northamptonshire 16 to 17-year-olds completed the week-long National Citizen Service (NCS) programme by spending their autumn school holidays giving back to their local communities, taking on new challenges and developing important skills, including leadership, teamwork and communication – while also boosting confidence.

Graduation ceremonies were held at the University of Northampton on November 30 to celebrate their completion of the programme, during which graduates received a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

For teenagers taking part, completing NCS also opens the door for other one-of-a-kind opportunities like becoming a programme mentor or ambassador or venturing overseas with the International Citizen Service.

Phil Everett, cmmunications Manager for NCS EM1, which delivers the scheme to teens in Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, said: “We couldn’t be happier to celebrate all the fantastic achievements Northamptonshire’s young people have accomplished this autumn. From refurbishing care homes to raising money for worthy causes – the teenagers have really made a difference in their hometowns.

“NCS is all about giving teenagers a chance to use their school holidays in both a productive and positive way that will not only help improve CVs and university applications, but also provides the opportunity to have fun and make new friends.”

NCS is a flagship government initiative provides young people between the ages of 16-17 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.

For young people who were unable to take part in the autumn programme, NCS will also be taking place over the February half-term.

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