NCS believes that if young people are given the chance they can make a huge contribution to their communities.
To help make this happen NCS offers 15 to 17 year olds the opportunity to get together to try new things. Then, with the support of a team, they build and deliver a project that makes a real difference to where they live.
NCS brings young people together from all different backgrounds in a common purpose and by offering new experiences, gives them the chance to learn new skills and meet new people. This helps young people discover their talents and realise their potential.
The Challenge is the largest provider of NCS in England and will offer more than 18,500 young people the opportunity to graduate from the NCS programme this year. The Challenge is the local NCS provider in London, Surrey, West Midlands and The North West and has been successfully delivering the programme since the initial pilot in 2009.
NCS is a government funded initiative that supports community engagement and social integration among young people. The programme has grown year on year to some 60,000 NCS graduates across the UK at the end of 2013.
The NCS programme, and in particular the skills and experiences gained by NCS graduates, is now recognised positively by employers and educational institutions alike
Young people can find out more and sign up at: www.ncsthechallenge.org
Through delivery of NCS, The Challenge brings together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society.