Over 130 county teenagers have been recognised for their participation in the week-long National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.
The 16 and 17 year-olds who gave up their half term holiday working in their communities received their certificates at graduation ceremonies.
The teens completed the confidence boosting week-long National Citizen Service programme taking on new challenges and developing new skills, including leadership, teamwork and communication.
Each participant was presented with a certificate signed by the Prime Minister at graduation ceremonies held at Brooke Weston Academy in Corby and Northampton University to celebrate the teenagers’ successfully completion of the programme.
Phil Everett, Communications Manager for NCS EM1, which delivers the scheme to teens in Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, said: “The young people that have taken part in this year’s Spring programme have really gone above and beyond by doing their very best to improve both themselves and their local communities.
“The programme is designed to give teens the chance to use part of their school holidays to build skills and experience that will help them stand out when applying for jobs and university, while also meeting people from loads of different backgrounds and making life-long friends.”
It is hoped that teenagers who take part, completing NCS will also opens doors for other unique opportunities such as becoming a programme mentor or ambassador or venturing overseas with the International Citizen Service.
Teenagers can sign-up for this year’s 2015 summer programme, which has several start dates throughout Northamptonshire, including 13th July, 20th July, 27th July and 3rd August.
NCS is a government initiative available to all Year 11 and 12 students and 15 to 17 year olds not in education.
The participants live independently in a local university halls of residence or youth hostel and try new challenges led by fully qualified staff. During the week they help local charities nominated by the young people.