After hearing first-hand from Redditch teenagers about how the National Citizen Service has changed their lives, Rachel is encouraging more teenagers to take part in the programme.

Last Friday (November 2nd), Rachel visited YMCA Redditch to meet a group of young people from Redditch who had completed the NCS programme this Summer.

Rachel heard how the programme enabled the teenagers to develop new skills and helped to boost their confidence.

NCS is open to teenagers aged 15-17-years-old and so far, nearly 500,000 young people have already taken part. NCS is a four-phase programme which is designed to provide teenagers with new experiences, as well as helping to boost their CVs and UCAS statements.

Following her visit, Rachel said: “It was really great to hear first-hand from Redditch teenagers about their experience of the National Citizen Service and how they’ve benefited from the programme.

“They clearly loved their time on NCS, made new friends, developed new skills and boosted their confidence. I’m sure their experience will help them no end at school and college, as well as their future in the world of work. I just wished a programme like this was around when I was at school!”

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