What's your 16 year old up to this summer?

So what's your sixteen year old up to this summer? They've finished their GCSE's and are waiting to start an apprenticeship or go onto A levels, are you going to just let them mooch about on their phones, getting up to standard 16 year old mischief?

I have a suggestion for you, you could try the National Citizen Service (NCS). Never heard of it? Here's a bit of info: The NCS was formed in 2011, by the government to encourage a more 'cohesive, mobile and engaged society'.

In other words, we don't want our kids to be snowflakes, but instead people with initiative, brave enough to take on what life offers and challenges them with, whilst being sensitive to others and kind to their needs.
On the high ropes

The service aims to build strength of character through a residential life skills course, outdoor team building activities, and a social action community-based projects, along with leadership skills for the workplace - This will look great on any kids CV and empower them in interviews, as they will have actual, real life experiences to talk about including the contributions they have made to their communities.

As some one who has interviewed thousands of young people, this service will give young people the experiences they can draw on to be successful when applying and interviewing for a job. And will support and assistance them in the workplace, enabling them to change the world, one small step at a time. This is exactly the kind of thing I was talking about in my last blog post which you can find here.

The key thing to remember is that this will let your teenager get to know other teenagers from different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs which will give them a greater understanding of the world in which they live, allowing them to become a better citizen.
Taking part in water sports

Over 100,000 teenagers will go through this project this year developing new skills together, living together and participating in community projects together.

This is an amazing opportunity for any teenager and is only £50 and this includes, food travel and accommodation, with bursaries available to those who need it.

This scheme is available to any Year 11 child (16 year old) and will be in the school summer holidays, after they have completed their GCSE's, a perfect time to get them moving forward and thinking about careers and preparing them for the the big, grown up, world.

There are still places available for Year 11's to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity this summer, so sign up now. You can go to the NCS website, here.

If you have already made plans for this summer, don't worry NCS will do everything they can to fit your teenager in, so please don't be disheartened, and make that application. 

If you want more information, you can check out the NCS social media sites:

Facebook: @NCS
Twitter: @NCS
Instagram: @NCSyes

In conclusion, over 400,000 teenagers have already taken part in NCS, with more than seven million hours of community action, and at the end of it all, there is a lovely celebration event to recognise their achievements.
Celebration event at the end of the scheme

I know that I will be putting my daughters name forward for next summer, as this is an amazing opportunity for any teenager.

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