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Preston teens challenged to get stuck in with communities

Posted on - 15th April, 2011 - 9:02am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Business, Campaigns, Crime, News, Parks, People

Preston teenagers have the chance to go on a low-cost adventure programme that will test their physical, creative and community spirit.

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‘The Challenge’ is part of the government’s new National Citizen Service inspiring young people to unlock their potential, and develop their independence, teamwork and communication skills.

For just £50, this 3 week programme will throw them in at the deep end – they will take part in outdoor adventures such as abseiling and canoeing and will design and run their own community projects.

Teenagers from different social backgrounds will work and learn together – which is vital in areas experiencing segregation. The programme is designed to benefit the whole community as young people will develop projects to support local charities.

Tim Loughton, Minister for Children and Young People said it would continue the work many young people already do in their communities: “I am really excited to see the programme becoming a reality and I look forward to seeing the results of the fantastic pioneer projects”

90% of last year’s participants said they were more likely to get involved with their community after taking part.

Daryl Brown, who took part in 2009, said the scheme gave him new found confidence. “Since the Challenge, I haven’t said no to any new challenge that’s arisen: I’ve been elected a prefect in my new college by my peers.”

The Challenge Network is one of 12 organisations piloting National Citizen Service throughout the summer of 2011, more than 11,000 young people will have the chance to take part.

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