National Citizen Service – Summer Opportunities for Teenagers
As a parent of two girls who are rapidly becoming young adults, it seems crazy to be thinking about them as proper grown ups. When children are asked what they want to do when they are older, it’s such a hard concept for them. As you know, it’s not until you have been out in the world and experienced some of what is on offer that you can really answer that.
One thing I know for sure is that having the confidence to join in with activities, to try new things and to work in a team with other people, are all key skills for being an adult, whatever job you end up doing.
My girls have been lucky enough to go on various school and Scout residential trips, so I know how much there is to gain from a few nights away from home and some adventurous challenges!
I am very please to have been asked to help promote the National Citizen Service (NCS) which offers summer opportunities for teenagers. This sounds like a fantastic scheme for teens in the UK and exactly the sort of thing I would love my girls to get involved with in a few years time. I also have a 17 year old nephew who I think would benefit enormously from it.
What is the NCS?
It is a Government backed programme, which has been established to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society.
By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens.
Who Can Take Part?
NCS is open to 15 to 17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland. It is a programme lasting two to four weeks, which takes place in school holidays. There is still time to sign up your Year 11 teenager for this summer.
Parts of the course are residential and include outdoor team-building exercises and a chance to learn ‘life skills’ such as first aid and preparing for job interviews.
A further element is a community-based social action project and finally an end of programme celebration event.
This year more than 100,000 teenagers from different backgrounds will come together in common purpose on NCS.
What is so great about the scheme is that as it runs in different locations over the summer holidays. Even if you have some other commitments or holiday plans, NCS will endeavour to get your teen a spot on programme at a time that suits.
The course is also amazing value for money. The whole experience including food, accommodation and travel, costs is just £50 – so why not take a look at what is on offer by registering your teen onto the scheme. For more information click here to take a look at the NCS website.
Find a Place for Your Teen this Summer
So why not take a look now for the teenager in your family or share this post with someone you know who has a 16 or 17 year old who might be interested in taking part.
Your teenager will gain confidence and learn valuable life skills. The NCS programme packs in adventure activities, community projects and volunteering as well as the opportunity to make new friends and gain a once in a lifetime experience.
Give your teen the links to the website and encourage them to look on social media as well – motivate and inspire your teen this summer.