The Challenge is an intense four part programme for 16 and 17 year olds delivered as part of the government’s National Citizen Service (NCS). The programme is comprised of physical and team challenges and social action projects.
Teams overcome fears, create friendships and build confidence through intense outdoor activities such as abseiling and raft building. Young people develop skills such as teamwork, leadership and communication.
Challenge #2 – Team Challenge
Teams are challenged to learn a new skill (drama, enterprise, media, photography or sport) and use it to build relationships with local community partners, such as care homes, children’s centres and homeless shelters.
Challenge #3 – Real Challenge Design
Teams design two projects: a sponsored activity to raise funds for a charity and a campaign on a local issue they care about. They also work with a charity partner, visit a professional workplace, and pitch to a panel of ‘dragons’ for project funding.
Challenge #4 – Real Challenge Action
Teams reunite in September for four weekend days. They carry out their sponsorship and campaign projects, take part in a practical project requested by their charity partner and join a large scale social action day.
Those who complete the programme formally graduate and go on to join our year-round programme, The Challenge Society.
Graduates take part in team and individual projects ranging from Youth Boards to Action Days. They are signposted to volunteering opportunities with other charities and personal development opportunities, such as skills workshops with partner businesses. Graduates can also volunteer on The Challenge as Associate Mentors, acting as peer mentors to the next generation of social action leaders.
Through The Challenge Society, we aim to inspire and support young people to become part of a society where local people from different backgrounds build relationships and work together to positively impact their community.
1) TRUE: Increasing levels of trust, responsibility, understanding and empathy 2) TLC: Developing the skills of teamwork, leadership and communication