Two young people from Watford and Three Rivers named as Leading Young Citizens
20 November 2015
Prianka and Georgina took part in the National Citizen Service (NCS) projects run by Youth Connexions. Both were chosen from 80,000 national nominees to join a group of just 100 National Citizen Service Leaders, and took part in Leaders Week in London.
Prianka... and Georgina
The 100 NCS graduates spent an intensive week acquiring new skills, with sessions delivered by top business and community experts including Downing Street, the Cabinet Office, Google and Just Giving. Inspiration came from spoken word poet Suli Breaks who performed a piece written exclusively for NCS and VIP visits included a trip to the House of Commons and a media production day hosted by the Roundhouse. The week culminated in helping adventure learning charity Wide Horizons restore and maintain grounds at its residential centre.
Spoken word artist Suli Breaks performing at NCS Leaders Week
NCS is the country’s flagship youth programme and its prestigious annual Leaders initiative aims to build a network of like-minded young people and help them lead others to deliver positive change in their communities.
“I was delighted to be nominated, let alone selected, as a NCS Leader,” said Prianka, who is currently studying at Watford Girls Grammar School. “Leaders Week gave me the opportunity to meet people from all across the UK, many of whom I’m sure will become firm friends. Visiting Parliament and speaking to MPs was fabulous. NCS has really helped build my confidence and I’d recommend it to any other young person looking for a fun way to fill their summer or half term holidays.”
Georgina, who took part in the Three Rivers NCS project, added “After finishing the (NCS) programme, I felt a lot more confident about what I was going to do in the future and also about myself. There were so many skills I learnt as well, such as British sign language and first aid, which I can use in the future to help with a lot of things.”
Prianka was nominated by her NCS team leader in recognition of her ability, enthusiasm and contribution to her team’s social action project. During this summer’s NCS, Prianka’s team worked with local charity Herts Young Homeless, producing a video to raise awareness of homelessness and raising more than £600 from a family fun day and sponsored sleep-out.
Speaking of her decision to nominate Prianka, Manju Jnagal, Youth Worker at Youth Connexions, said: “Prianka showed so many positive qualities during her NCS time with us. She was a team player who encouraged others and showed exceptional leadership skills. It was brilliant to see her enthusiasm and dedication to help Herts Young Homeless and she has gone on to join Watford Youth Council as well as become a NCS Leader.”
Kips Green, Youth Work Team Leader from the Three Rivers team during summer had this to say about nominating Georgina for the leaders’ course. “As a team we discussed a number of potential NCS Leaders. Georgina was one who stood out due to on-going commitment, personal development and her enthusiasm for NCS.”