Young people are being invited to change their lives this summer by signing up to popular youth empowerment programme National Citizen Service (NCS).
NCS also helps young people get jobs and improve their career prospects by giving them access to unique volunteering and work experience opportunities.
Nikki Hamilton-Street, NCS Team Manager at the County Council, said: “We have an exciting summer ahead with young people able to join us on the Isle of Wight for a week of personal challenges and staying in tepees.
“There is then a further opportunity for young people to develop skills for life that can help them make their mark in their community.”
The latest research, which analyses data provided by UCAS, shows that university admission is about more than just exam grades with NCS grads 12% more likely to get into university than non-NCS grads. Since its launch in 2009, NCS has given more than 300,000 young people from all backgrounds the opportunity to spend four weeks experiencing the great outdoors, learning important life skills and volunteering in their local community.
Michael Lynas, CEO at NCS, said: “This new research shows that NCS helps young people to get on in life and gives them vital life skills that can’t be taught in a classroom. I’d urge all sixteen year olds in the area to take part in NCS after GCSEs this summer. Not only will they make new friends and have an adventure, they will also be fast tracking their future.”
NCS, which recently received Royal Assent making NCS part of the law of the land, is open to 15-17 years in England.
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National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to 15- 17 year olds across England. It is a unique two or three week full-time programme focused around fun and discovery, plus 30 hours committed to a community project that benefits both young people and society. On this government backed programme, participants build skills for work and life, while taking on new challenges and adventures, making new friends, and contributing to their community.
Government backing means that it costs just £50 or less to take part in NCS and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is provided for young people with additional needs.
NCS represents great value for money for parents as participants spend up to two weeks away from home with all meals and activities covered. The first week is spent at an outward bound facility participating in activities such as abseiling, water rafting and canoeing. The second week teens live away from home, typically at local university halls of residence, learning how to be self-sufficient, developing new skills and finding out more about the needs of their local community.
Taking place outside school/term time, teens can sign up for the part residential experience and participate in either the spring, summer or autumn programmes. In every programme they will experience four sections that focus on personal and social development including leadership, teamwork and communication skills. Not only do 16 and 17 year olds have the chance to give something back, but it also looks great on CVs and helps with job, college and university applications, building future aspirations. NCS is now recognised by UCAS and taking part is a sought after addition to any CV.
In 2013, NCS Trust, an independent social enterprise, was established to manage NCS and execute the ambitious expansion of the government backed programme. To find out more information about NCS or to sign up to NCS visit NCSyes.co.uk. Like us on facebook.com/ncs, follow us on Twitter @ncs or subscribe to NCSYes channel on YouTube