National Citizen Service (NCS) is a unique, full-time programme aimed at 16 and 17-year-olds in England that runs for over 3 weeks in the summer holidays; in 2013 shorter programmes will also run during spring and autumn half-terms.
Now in its third year, NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them to develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development for young people by working on skills such as leadership, teamwork, and communication. Participants also develop a social action project that deals with a local issue they are passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their local community.
NCS will be expanding year-on-year – there are up to 50,000 places available in 2013 and up to 90,000 in 2014. An independent organisation will be set up in 2013 to manage and run NCS, supporting its continued growth and the long-term quality of the programme.
To find out more about the programme and how to get involved: