Our Sixth Formers have the chance to take part in a ‘life-changing’ community scheme which involves two exciting residentials and culminates in a community project. The students will be split into groups from the local area and work alongside a mentor. Participants on the National Citizen Scheme will make new friends, gain valuable skills and be awarded with a certificate that will count favourably when applying to universities.
The scheme was outlined to Year 12 students by Vicky Breckin from Education Business Partnership and representatives from Groundworks who are jointly rolling the scheme out in Northamptonshire.
She said: ‘ The National Citizen Service is a personal development programme for young people aged 16 and 17. We take them on two residentials, the first is an outward-bound one, the second residential is a taster at a university and they work with lots of different businesses to develop their skills for the future. Then they go back into their community and design and deliver a project and make a positive difference to their local area.
‘We have delivered the programme to thousands of young people across the East Midlands and it is aimed at those in a transitional period wondering what to go and do next. It is an opportunity for them to develop skills and raise aspirations.
‘Previous projects have included renovating skate parks, community halls and youth centres. Others have done campaigns for local charities and raised lots of money or done garden projects in older residents homes. The beauty of the programme is the sheer variety of things that they do.
'Every programme is fully staffed and they have an adult mentor in each group, so 200 people may go through a cohort but they will be in teams of 10 – 15 and they will have an adult mentor to support them. The feedback that we have is that it is life changing in terms of the friends that they make, the experiences they have and the skills that they develop. At the end of it there is a certificate awarded to them which is recognised by UCAS as well so taking part in the scheme is a brilliant addition to their CV.’