Teens ‘Kickstart’ to be Leaders

15 teenagers from South Yorkshire and Humberside were selected from thousands of applicants to take part in a special programme that will help them develop into leaders of the future.

Kickstart, a programme delivered by National Citizen Service (NCS), brought together 260 teenagers from across the country that took part in NCS during 2018 to develop their skills and open up new opportunities to them.

The 4 day programme was hosted at Kenthill Conference Centre, Milton Keynes, and included a number of workshops designed to support the development of each teenager such as; political engagement, creativity thinking delivered by the BBC, PR and Social Media and challenges set by The Army.

Kickstart had special guests speakers attended the event which included Hollywood actor Will Poulter out of ‘Maze Runner’ and ‘We’re the Millers’, Michael Lynas CEO of NCS and Stephen Green former Chair of NCS.

The Kickstart programme received over 2,900 applications and the EFL Trust network were well represented with 36 NCS graduates being successful including Gabrielle Wedgewood for Doncaster, “Kickstart was such an amazing opportunity for me to develop as a person. In such a short space of time I have learnt so much and met so many new friends from across the country. NCS was such a brilliant experience and I am happy that I can continue my journey with the Regional Youth Board. I am excited for the year ahead and hope that as a team we can make a positive change.”

Tony Buck, Youth Engagement Office for EFL Trust, was a team leader at this year’s Kickstart programme, “This year we had a record number of applicants to Kickstart from EFL Trust which is great testament to how much young people want to continue doing NCS. The week is a great opportunity for them to gain news skills, meet new people and prepare them for their next year on the Regional Youth Board.”

Tony will be working the 15 young people from South Yorkshire and Humberside who will form the NCS Regional Youth Board, “I have been overwhelmed by how quickly the group have bonded all offering something great. The next year will be exciting with the ideas for social action projects and I look forward to seeing them al further develop through NCS”.

For more information on NCS please visit NCSYES.CO.UK