County Durham teen champions national youth movement

3 Feb 2016

A teenager from Leadgate, County Durham has been selected from thousands of young people across the country to be a national young leader for the youth programme, National Citizen Service (NCS).

Callum Graham, aged 16, was one of only a select few to become an NCS Leader following his amazing aptitude, which was recognised during his time on the programme, and the enthusiasm Callum has shown since, in encouraging more young people to sign up to NCS after spending last summer taking part in the four week programme.

The former St Bede’s Catholic School, Lanchester, pupil, who is now studying mechanical engineering at Derwentside College in Consett, says: “NCS was one of the best experiences of my life and I’m delighted to be able to carry on my experience as an ambassador. What started as a few weeks of my summer holidays has resulted in lifelong friendships, a new found confidence in stepping out of my comfort zone and an amazing experience that will stay with me forever. I’d say to any young person considering taking part in the programme to sign up straight away. You may be feeling apprehensive, but remember that everyone else is in the same position too!”

Callum is just one of thousands of teenagers who’ve taken part in NCS across County Durham, where the programme is managed by vInspired and the National Youth Agency. The programme is open to 16 & 17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland and costs no more than £50. It aims to help young people take the next step in their lives with confidence by mixing with other young people, learning practical skills that prepare them for life after school and home and taking on exciting challenges. More than 200,000 young people have taken part in the government-backed programme since it started in 2011, and a national campaign is now urging more teenagers to sign up for a life changing adventure.