I have a 17 year old son who did his GCSEs last year. He got good results but is not sure what he wants to do in the future. He has dyspraxia so is not a fan of writing at all which puts him off more academic environments. He also had a serious operation last year for quite an embarrassing issue which knocked his confidence. We are considering various options to help him recognise his talents and to develop his levels of self-confidence. One option for 16 and 17 year olds is the National Citizenship Service.
The NCS Programme in a nutshell
- Puts teenagers through a number of challenging activities to take them out of their comfort zone. Pushing comfort zones always leads to great things in my experience including the development of self-belief and strength of character that can sustain you throughout life.
- Provides a progressive journey so that young people take ever increasing baby steps and then develop leadership skills. I think my son is a natural leader with strong ideas and opinions. A structured programme like this might be just what he needs to help him move into and succeed in the workplace.
- Enables participants to engage with their communities through social action. As former charity workers, both myself and my husband are keen on helping others and encouraging our children to do so.
- Consists of a two to four week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.
Did you know?
- Almost 400 000 young people have taken part
- More than seven million hours of community action have been completed making a positive difference to society.
- In 2018 more than 100 000 teens from different backgrounds will come together in common purpose on NCS. This means one in six of the cohort of 16 year olds will live together, develop skills together and build community projects together
What I love about the NCS
- I think it is always good when young people from different backgrounds come together to share a unique experience. This leads to amazing memories and a better understanding of others’ points of view. In a troubled world, both of these are things we need more of in my opinion.
- NCS was set up to build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. Who could argue with that? It has the potential to build a more peaceful future with teenagers going out keen to make their mark on the world and to ensure it is a positive one too.
- NCS is the new rite of passage helping move teens on to a positive future with more self-belief and new skills.
For every £1 spent, NCS’ 2016 summer programme delivered between £1.15 and £2.42 of benefits back to society.