Hertfordshire teenagers graduate from National Citizen Service
PUBLISHED: 13:18 28 November 2016
A group of 61 Hertfordshire teenagers graduated from the National Citizen Service (NCS) at a ceremony held at the University of Hertfordshire.
The graduation was held at the Hatfield-based university on Friday, November 25.
Youth employment charity Elevation Networks ran the NCS programme as part of former Prime Minister David Cameron’s Big Society initiative, which was set up in 2010.
The NCS programme is delivered over weekends and school holidays, with an aim to build skills for life and encourage personal development in young people.
It requires participants to complete 30 hours of volunteering, choosing local causes that they feel passionate about, as well as researching, organise and managing events to raise money or social awareness for their charity.
More than £2,000 was raised for four local charities, including Herts Young Homeless and The Hospice of St Francis.
Money was raised through activities such as selling Christmas decorations, charity football matches and bake sales.
Senior programme manager Anthony Bruton said: “It’s been fantastic to deliver another successful NCS programme to more young people in the local area.
“Social action is very important for the wider community and gives an opportunity for these young people to gain transferable skills and improve their chances of employment. All participants chose to take part, it wasn’t compulsory.
“They’ve given up their free time to do something really worthwhile.”
The event was attended by Councillor Frances Leonard, the Mayor of St Albans City and District, who praised the young people for making a difference in the local community.
The graduates were awarded their certificates by Elevation Networks Trustee, Samuel Kasumu.
NCS is open toall 16 and 17-year-olds, with the next NCS programme starting in Summer 2017.
For more information visit https://www.ncsingeus.co.uk/