Young people celebrate their victory!

25 April 2016

Over 60 young people celebrated their National Citizen Service graduation with Youth Connexions Hertfordshire

On Thursday 21st April, young people from across Hertfordshire came together to celebrate their National Citizen Service (NCS) graduation at County Hall in Hertford.

This was an opportunity for NCS graduates to showcase their successful social action projects to their parents, reunite with their team mates and leaders and receive their NCS certificates of achievement.

The evening was launched by motivational speaker Action Jackson, who called on the young people to ‘find their evidence of victory’. He said that the road to victory usually includes some failures, and that by keeping focused on victory these can be overcome. Jackson, who has been a strong supporter of NCS with Youth Connexions before, said “This is what it is about, I totally believe in NCS, seeing young people through a journey and celebrating that journey with them”.

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Action Jackson, left, with some of the NCS graduates

As part of their NCS experience every young person spent 30 hours volunteering on a social action project, which they designed and led themselves. For example, the Watford and Three Rivers held a variety show, calling on friends and family to contribute, to raise much needed funds for a young boy’s cancer treatment.

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The Watford and Three Rivers team raised over £1100 pounds for a young boy’s cancer treatment.

One young person said “I won’t ever get a chance to do something like this again, I’m so very proud of myself.”

Youth Connexions runs NCS programmes during school holidays throughout the year and is currently recruiting for the 2016 summer holidays.

If you’re in School Years 11 or 12 and are interested in taking part in NCS, please email ncs@hertfordshire.gov.uk or register your interest here.

Follow Youth Connexions NCS on Twitter @Herts1617.