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Harry and Madison’s ‘unstoppable’ summer Two local teenagers have been describing how the four-week National Citizen Service (NCS) programme helped open new doors and make them ‘unstoppable’. Harry Twohig and Madison Cooper, episodes of the documentary, which About NCS both 17, took part in NCS last summer and are urging other Middlesbrough teenagers to venture out of their comfort zones this year. The NCS programme, for all 16 and 17 year olds, is the perfect way to say goodbye to exam stress and take on adventurous and skillbuilding activities during the summer holidays. Working in teams, participants plan and deliver their own community projects that make a real difference to their local area. They’ll become more confident, resilient and ready for the real world - nine in ten participants say they gained useful skills for the future. Madison said: “I made loads of new friends on NCS and loved all of the activities from start to finish. When we were researching community issues, we interviewed local residents which I really enjoyed - it helped form the ideas for our social action project. “We renovated a building that is used by young carers. It’s a place they can go to unwind - and it felt so rewarding to make a difference. “I felt unstoppable when a production company making a BBC documentary contacted me about a film I had made on NCS where I was interviewing local residents. I was scouted to narrate and star in four

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focuses on Redcar - it’s going to air during the summer. “I’m going to apply to study medicine at Oxford University and in my applications and interviews I will be using the transferable skills I gained on NCS such as teamwork and public speaking.” Harry said: “Before NCS I wouldn’t say I was very adventurous - but as soon as I started NCS I threw myself into activities like canoeing and climbing, which I absolutely loved. It really boosted my confidence and now I feel unstoppable! “NCS has put me into positions that I’ve never been in before. I can now speak in front of a crowd - I even presented at an awards ceremony! Before NCS, I would have never put myself forward for opportunities like this. “When I recently visited a Durham University open day, they told me that NCS is one of the first things they look out for on an application. I’ll be able to use examples from my time on NCS to answer all of the questions posed.” Madison added: “I would recommend any teenager to take part in NCS. You only get this opportunity once - and you never know where it will lead you!”

NCS is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society. The two to four week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a communitybased social action project and an end of programme celebration event. NCS is open to 16 and 17 year olds. Departure dates for Middlesbrough teenagers include July 6, 20, 24, 30 July and August 3, 7 with places costing just £50 (£10 for those eligible for free school meals), which includes adventure and university-style residential stays, transport, food, training, activities and more! Support is provided for young people with additional needs. To sign up or to find out more visit ncsnortheast.co.uk or call 0191 247 4020.

To date: • Almost 400,000 young people have taken part • More than twelve million hours of community action have been completed • For every £1 spent, NCS’ 2016 summer programme delivered between £1.15 and £2.42 of benefits back to society 21

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