Since my Stepson turned 17 I’ve been thinking back to when I was 17. I had a full-time job, lived on my own and had a little group of friends that I went about with.
Cam my stepson turns 18 towards the end of the year and I can’t imagine him living on his own, doing grownup things, like pay bills or communicate with people outside of snapchat.
He like many his age are just lacking those life skills that is needed in the big wide world.
Like many teens nowadays Cam has spent most of his teenage life in front of a computer playing games or studying for the nightmare that has become GCSE’s
I was chatting with a group of friends who have family members around 17 that are also about to head out and find work.
We were discussing the fact that when we were their age we would apply for a job in a bar and that would entail talking to the customers, communicating with other members of staff. Something that was second nature almost. (No snapcaht in our day Gosh im sounding old) We said that the teens we all knew only really communicate by text or snapchat. They are heading out into the world without knowing how to talk face to face!
When I heard about National Citizen Service (NCS) I was intrigued into what it could offer my teenage stepson.
First of all it take place in the summer holidays when I know some of you will have other commitments booked but rest assured if you register your interest on the NCS website with no obligation NCS will do their up most to work around your plans.
So whats in it for my Teen?
Well first of all Its 5 days away from us parents. Taking part in lots of fun activities like canoeing, and Abseiling. It’s a chance to make new friends who are the same stage in life but from different backgrounds.
Then your teen heads to another residential, less adventure more like a University style camp. A chance to learn those important life skills, This for me is the important part of NCS.
This initiative is such an amazing opportunity for young people to develop their confidence, their communication skills and develop friendships that could last a lifetime.
They will learn these life skills and then use them to put together a community project, do some fundraising and make a difference to their chosen project.
Afterwards there will be a celebration with their new friends to look back on what they have achieved.
NCS will look great on your teens CV which will aid them in future endeavours whether they want to apply for a university course or go out to work!
What are you waiting for?
This action packed program could benefit your teen for just £50 thats everything included. all activities, food travel and accommodation.
There is even extra funding based on your personal case so it could be free!
Almost 400,000 have already taken part in NCS and it continues to be a powerful project for teenegers to grow into outstanding members of thier community!
There are still places available for Year 11s to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity this summer. To sign up now, go to the NCS website. use this link: http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/?utm_source=blogger&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=summer18