Young people inspired to never give up their dreams and goals

08 October 2018

More than 900 young people from across Hertfordshire graduated from the National Citizen Service programme after a summer of learning new skills and contributing to their local communities with Hertfordshire County Council’s youth service, YC Hertfordshire.

The ceremonies, held at the University of Hertfordshire’s De Havilland Campus, were an opportunity for NCS graduates to showcase their successful social action projects to their parents, reunite with their team mates and youth workers and receive their NCS certificates of achievement.

The events featured talks by motivational speaker Action Jackson and Rianna Price who called on young people to never give up their dreams and to set goals.

Their message focused on ‘getting their FACTS right’:

Friends – pick them well

Attitude – have the right one

Confidence – build it

Time – manage it well

Success – enjoy it


Councillor Graham McAndrew, Deputy Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, joined the young people on Sunday. He said: “From the moment I walked in, all I could feel was positive vibes, like you had known each other for years and years. And I know that isn’t true. Look back to your day one of NCS, and look at how you’ve grown, matured and made great friends. Please, all stand up and say to the person next to you “Well done”.

The NCS programme culminates in a social action project, which the young people plan and implement. This year they have included:

  • Fit and Fed initiatives which help tackle children’s hunger, inactivity and isolation during the school holidays.
  • Running a healthy eating sandwich bar for children.
  • Renovating Waltham Cross Young People’s Centre and other community spaces and gardens.
  • Collecting items for local foodbanks and putting together care packages for homeless people.
  • Organising inter-generational events at local care homes.
  • Raising awareness of local charities.


Some of the young people who took part in this summer’s NCS said:

“It was a great learning experience, learning how to get along with people and overcoming fears. NCS is accessible to everyone”. – Tomi, 15

“This experience allows you to live in the moment and has made me re-evaluate what I want to do in my future. I want to do what’s best for me”. - Freddie, 15

“NCS is great for meeting new people and exposing yourself to lots of things you’d never normally get a chance to do.” - Krystal, 16

If you’re in School Years 11 or 12 and are interested in taking part in NCS, please email or register your interest here.