Cameron unveils 'national service' plan for teens
Published 23/07/2010 | 05:00
DAVID Cameron expanded on his vision for the Big Society yesterday when he outlined plans for a National Citizen Service (NCS) for all 16-year-olds in England, as voluntary sector leaders warned they faced major cuts in their budgets for many existing youth programmes.
Under the proposals, which the British prime minister launched at a Downing Street reception, young people will be encouraged to volunteer for eight weeks in the summer after finishing their GCSEs.
The first 10,000 teenagers will begin taking part next year, completing a three-stage programme which will include 10 nights away from home.
Mr Cameron paid tribute to the present generation, saying it was "passionate and idealistic", but said "too many teenagers appear lost and feel their lives lack shape and direction". He added: "National Citizen Service will help change that. A kind of non-military national service, it's going to mix young people from different backgrounds in a way that doesn't happen right now." (© Independent News Service)