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National Citizen Service

The Challenge, the country’s largest provider of National Citizen Service, visited Leeds East Academy this week and presented an assembly and drop in session.

The Challenge inspired High School students to sign up to NCS, a government-funded programme for 15-17 year olds. Working through physical, personal and creative challenges, this once-in-a-lifetime experience empowers young people to build skills and confidence to get ahead in work and life, whilst engaging with their local area. 

Initally, teams develop their leadership and teamwork skills by working with some of the best outdoor instructors in the UK located in beautiful countryside settings, enabling them to create friendships and build confidence. During this time, young people will be staying for a week at an outdoor activity centre or in one of the incredible tented villages on offer. Then part two kicks off during which participants get the opportunity to experience living away from home in University-style accommodation. During this week team-mates work together with industry professionals to learn a new skill in Drama, Media, Music, Sport, Art, Enterprise or Photography as well as useful independent life-skills.

Finally, teams are given the opportunity to design a project which supports their local area. They present their ideas to a panel of expert judges who offer helpful advice and award funding to make their ideas a reality. Over eight days they then convert these ideas and new skills into action which benefits their community and offers them invaluable life experience. Once completed, participants graduate and receive a signed certificate signed by the Prime Minister.

Kayleigh Foster, Engagement Coordinator, said: "Leeds East Academy's students had really shown a great interest in the programme and many expressed an interest in signing up. Very impressive!"

For more information and to book a place visit www.ncsthechallenge.org, or contact Kayleigh Foster, the local NCS Engagement Coordinator, at kayleigh.foster@the-challenge.org. We highly recommend this unique and valuable opportunity.