National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity open to all 16 & 17 year olds in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that helps them to build skills for work and life while taking on new challenges, making new friends and contributing to their community.
 
It costs nothing for a school to support NCS and government funding ensures that participants pay no more than £50 to secure their place, with bursaries available for those unable to meet the cost.
 
NCS takes place out of term time, with up to two weeks spent away from home engaging in team building activities and experiencing independent living. At the end of the residential activity, teams devise and complete a social action project which directly benefits their own community.
 
Over 100,000 young people have already taken part in NCS and the latest IPSOS Mori evaluation, published in August 2014, found that 92% feel they learn important skills for the future, 76% feel more likely to get a job and 84% feel more positive about people from different backgrounds. Young people also leave NCS equipped with important character strengths needed to flourish in later life, with significant impacts on levels of resilience, wellbeing and anxiety and there is an eight percentage point reduction in anxiety levels.

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