Over 70 Lincolnshire 16 and 17-year-olds celebrated new friends, new experiences and giving back to the community at their National Citizen Service (NCS) graduation ceremony.
Organisers recognised the achievements of the young people, who spent this autumn taking on new challenges and developing important life skills, with a ceremony on February 2 at The Showroom in Lincoln.
The event included guest speakers such as Lincoln City’s Paul Farman and Chris Bush, along with a certificate for each teen, signed by Prime Minister David Cameron.
As part of their experience, graduates learned archery and raft-building and worked with local businesses to build CV experience.
They also organized a 14-hour football tournament to give back to their community through fundraising for local charities.
Phil Everett, Communications Manager for NCS EM1, which delivers the scheme to teens in Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, said: “Raising money for local charities is no small task, and we’ve also seen many of them become more confident and really grow as individuals over a short span of time.”
With the Autumn 2015 programme now complete, organisers are recruiting even more Lincolnshire & Rutland teens to register for the next NCS programmes – set to take place during February half term and the summer holidays.
Starting on 12th February – the first day of half term – NCS’s Spring programme will include a four-day stay at an outdoor adventure centre complete with activities like rock-climbing and archery, along with three days working with local businesses to improve employability skills and a social action project.