The latest intake teenagers taking part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) are celebrating their successful graduations.
105 Northamptonshire 16 and 17-year-olds attended ceremonies across the county to mark the end of their NCS course, receiving a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.
Organisers of the four-week youth programme recognised the achievements of the young people, who spent their half term and following weekends taking on new challenges and developing life skills.
Sammie Hamilton, 17, from Corby said: “At first I was really nervous about taking part in the activities, but the mentors were great, they helped me get out of my comfort zone and try something new on the residential.
“The social action was also really good - my group volunteered at a care home, spending time with residents.
“We also raised money for fruit trees and planted them in the garden so that the elderly people there would have a nice view from their rooms, and I’m going to keep volunteering there even now I’ve graduated.”
Sammie added: “If anyone was thinking about signing up for the NCS summer programme I would say go for it.”
Organisers are inviting teens to register for the next NCS programme – set to take place during the summer holidays.
NCS’s four-week summer programme will include a stay at an outdoor adventure centre along with working with local businesses to improve employability skills and a social action project.
For more information or to sign up, please visit NCSEM1.ORG.UK or call 01522 574101.