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IntroducingGeneration Citizen

Some have referred to the next generation, the generation after ‘Gen Y’ as ‘Gen C’, because you’re the most ‘connected’ in history..

And we couldn’t agree more. But research shows that Gen C stands for something else too, because to us, you’re Generation Citizen.

Your engagement with social issues once and for all proves the stereotypes of young people wrong.

Instead of the negative portrayals of young people we see in the media, we know you’re more likely to effect positive change and make your world a better place than generations before you. It’s just the approach you take is radically different.

Encouraging others to follow in your Generation Citizen footsteps is vital for two reasons.

When you get involved in social action, the benefits to your personal development are profound. More than 90% of you agreed you feel better about yourselves, care more about others, work better in a team and improve your self-confidence. And that’s invaluable because it leads you along a path of self-discovery and self-realisation, but that’s not all. Social action provides opportunities to come together and give back to others, it builds bridges across divides, for everyone’s gain.

That’s why we’re proud of you and proud to set the record straight by introducing Generation Citizen.

Introducing Generation Citizen is a DEMOS report commissioned by NCS, click below to download the full report.

Case studies

Jessica Oghenegweke, 16, Norwich

Learning about social action helped open my eyes to the number of problems in the world, and that with a little compassion and commitment, a world of opportunities exist to help improve them.

During my time on NCS I volunteered at OPEN, an incredible youth trust in Norwich that provides facilities and free activities. I helped renovate parts of the centre to increase its appeal, attract other young people in and secure its legacy for others to benefit.

“Looking back I can see that the programme helped me find my voice and gave me a sense of empowerment.”

During the renovation, I worked closely with a group of disabled children and was struck by the positive effect I could have on them, just by investing a little time in them. So I decided to stay on after NCS and volunteer my time helping with workshops and selling food. It’s simple really, it’s a small step, but I’m proud I’m doing my bit.

Looking back I can see that the programme helped me find my voice and gave me a sense of empowerment, and that’s why I’m also really keen to continue school visits to share my experience and encourage others to say ‘yes!’

Louis Stokes, 17, Sheffield

volunteering has long been a part of my life. I took part in NCS in the summer of 2012 because it also provided the opportunity to gain skills and experience that I thought would look good on my CV.

During the programme my team and I devised a social action project delivering workshops to young people with mental health issues, helping them to develop practical skills like cooking, music and arts and crafts. I found the summer life changing. I found a real passion for helping people that suffer from mental health issues which sees me volunteer with the NSPCC. In June 2013 aged 17 I also became the youngest ever qualified counsellor for Childline in the UK.

“I found a real passion for helping people that suffer from mental health issues which sees me volunteer with the NSPCC.”

It’s achievement I’m really proud of and I see my role supporting some of the most vulnerable young people in the country as a privilege.

This NCS social action project helped renovate the local Dings Park. Watch to find out how they transformed the park and the impact it had on the local community - another great example of Generation Citizen at work!