Teenagers from Grantham were among more than 800 people from across Lincolnshire and Rutland to be recognised for their achievements during the summer.
All aged 15 to 17, they completed the four-week National Citizen Service (NCS) programme, spending their summer giving back to their local community.
Participants also gained confidence, as well as leadership, communication and teamwork skills, throughout the programme,
Graduation ceremonies were held recently at Odeon, Lincoln to celebrate the graduates’ completion of the programme, during which they each received a certificate signed by the Prime Minister.
Phil Everett, regional communications manager for NCS, said: “This year’s NCS programme was our most successful one yet, with more than 800 teens from the county spending over 24,000 hours giving back to their community by undertaking fundraising and refurbishment projects.
“We couldn’t be happier for all the amazing young people that took part this summer because, by graduating from NCS, teenagers not only gain lifelong memories, but also give themselves a competitive edge since the programme looks great on CVs and job or university applications.”
This summer’s programme was sponsored by Ambitions Personnel, Cargill, Branston and Software Europe.
NCS is a government initiative providing young people between the ages of 15-17 the chance to take on new challenges, experience exciting activities, make long-lasting friends, and develop vital skills that will support them later in life.
For young people that were unable to take part this summer, NCS is still taking sign-ups for its autumn programme,
Set to begin during October half term on October 24, it costs £35 to join and includes a four-day stay at an outdoor adventure centre with activities such as rock-climbing and archery. It will also involve three days working with businesses to improve employability skills and a social action project that allows participants an opportunity to give back to their community. Food, transport and three nights of accommodation are included in the programme cost.
For more information or to sign up, visit www.ncsem1.org.uk, www.facebook.com/NCSEM1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.