National Citizen Service Graduation celebrates young people’s achievements with YC Hertfordshire

25 September 2019

600 young people celebrated the completion of their National Citizen Service (NCS) with YC Hertfordshire at award ceremonies which took place at the weekend.

Held at the University of Hertfordshire, the events saw the 16 and 17-year-olds receive their certificates for completing the 4-week summer programme with YC Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire County Council’s targeted youth service.

During the four-week programme, participants completed a variety of meaningful and successful social action projects across Kings Langley, Tring, Harpenden, St Albans, Borehamwood, Potters Bar and Hemel Hempstead. These included raising money for mental health charities and food banks, organising events in care homes and creating an eco-garden for a primary school.

At the graduation, the young people heard a motivational address by Riana Price, who talked about how she had realised that she needed to change her attitude in order to achieve what she wanted to. She said that by participating and completing NCS, the young people should congratulate themselves for taking that step, seizing the day and overcoming that initial fear of challenge. She said “This is an accomplishment that you should never underestimate”.

County Councillor Teresa Heritage, Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Congratulations to all of the young people who have completed NCS this summer. For many, it has been a challenge and they have overcome real obstacles, but all have shown resilience and made a real impact on their local communities through social action projects.”

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