Having three children, I’m massively passionate about youth development, opportunities for young people and how we can change society to improve our children’s futures, all whilst having fun.
We home educate our 5 year old boy thus are actively involved in much more educational and developmental aspects of his live than the average parent. We do however also have 2 girls that are in secondary school, 12 and 14 and helping guide them down their chosen paths in and out of school is another important part of our lives. We’re constantly seeking out opportunities for all 3 of them in their current stages of childhood, trying to decide which advice best suits each individual child.
Education and developing young people in today’s world is something I could speak about forever, I think we’re currently living in an amazing period of time where opportunities can be endless for all types of personalities and passions in our youth of today.
I’m linking with National Citizens Service (NCS), a government backed programme established in 2011 designed to build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. By bringing together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience, NCS helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens.
I like the focus that NCS has, which is in the individual people rather than a persons perceived intelligence. This is something that I genuinely believe can make drastic changes to the world we live in, more focus on people. Too often people are judged based on their status or material belongings as opposed to their actual personality. I like that the more I read about NCS the more it’s evident that the end goal is to provide opportunities for young people to enhance their self-belief and confidence all through fun activities.
NCS is open to 16 and 17 year-olds across England and Northern Ireland. The two to four week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project and an end of programme celebration event.
This is very similar to an experience both of our girls have had at their school, XP School Doncaster. In their first week of Year 7, their transition from primary school into secondary school is made much more fun with an expedition to Wales for 5 days. Both of our girls were taken, along with all of their new school friends to Wales to experience similar things to the NCS programme such as team building exercises and learning life skills.
NCS involve some fantastic experiences that aren’t always easily accessible to many young people on a regular basis. Abseiling, rock climbing, cooking, first aid and much more. Activities span across many interests. Food, accommodation and activities ALL IN FOR UP TO £50! Incredible.
It’s from personal experience of seeing both of my girls, who are very different from one another, both enjoy and benefit from this massively that encouraged me to get involved spreading the word for NCS. Not only did they have a load of fun, they made new friends immediately and had a much better sense of themselves and others around them. What an experience to be involved in during what is a huge transitional stage in a young persons life. It is this that has me bought into what NCS are trying to do on a much larger scale.
To date almost 400,000 young people have taken part in the NCS programme accumulating over 7 million hours of community action, putting goodness back into the community whilst building personal skills at the same time. NCS work with 4-phases, Adventure, Discovery, Social Action and Celebration. I think this is brilliant.
This year more than 100,000 teenagers from different backgrounds will come together in common purpose on NCS. That means one in six of the cohort of 16 year olds will live together, develop skills together and build community projects together.
Just imagine the difference this could have on the future of society for our children. With such ease of access to media nowadays, it’s all too easy to find much negativity across the world, but with said access think how positively powerful it could be if more young people were nurtured to develop more positive skills and genuinely create a better society.
All I can tell you is that I want a better future for my children, 2 of which have already done something similar, successfully and will look to this NCS programme when the time comes. The minimum requirement from us parents is that we must do our very best to present as many opportunities to our children that will benefit them personally as possible.
Please do go and have a further look on the NCS Website using the link below…
There are still places available for Year 11s to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity this summer.
To sign up now, go to the NCS website: http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/?utm_source=blogger&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=summer18
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