If you loved making a difference on NCS, it doesn’t have to end there. Youth Boards are a great way to use your passion and power to change the world around you – with the help of your NCS mates and the expert guidance of our trained staff.
National Youth Board members work with the NCS Board of Directors, to influence the future of NCS. But that’s not all. See what you can achieve on your Youth Board.
Dedicated to helping their community and improving their NCS programme nearby, Local Youth Boards meet regularly to plan and deliver real change on the ground. This is a great way to help out with a bunch of like-minded young people and still stay close to home. All you need to do is talk to your local NCS team about joining.
Meeting four times a year, Regional Youth Boards are the next level up from Locals and allow you to make an even broader impact. As well as organising community projects throughout the year, you’ll put together a social action project for Action Day and get to attend NCS Kick Start, an exciting event in October half term held exclusively for members. Applications are open from June 2019.
After being a Regional Board member for at least a year, you can apply to join the National Youth Board. Like Regionals, you’ll meet four times a year to put your heads together and achieve all sorts of amazing things. You’ll be trained on our NCS Leaders programme to make sure you have the skills and confidence to represent your region nationally. You’ll even get to work closely with our Board!
Every year, we welcome a new group of members to step up from their Regional Youth Boards to the Nationals. They’re a passionate and inspiring bunch with a whole load of energy to put towards the causes they care about. Read about them below.
Thomas (centre), from Rugby, is looking forward to supporting young people make a positive impact on the world. After losing his father to suicide when he was 15, he became passionate about mental health and wants to get more young people involved in programmes like NCS.
Simeon (right) is dedicated to his Regional Youth Board. He loves working to raise the voice of young people in the Newcastle, where he’s from. He’s particularly excited to support his Youth Board in shaping the future of NCS, as he believes it’s a very powerful programme.
South-East Londoner Tolu (right) cares deeply about school curriculums and mental health. He wants to guide his Regional Youth Board to new successes and help those who can't help themselves. He's also a fan of Shrek, and would invite him for tea if he could – mud pies all round!
Heralding from Colchester, Harrison (centre) says he had the best four weeks of his life on the summer programme. He wants to inspire others, change the perception of young people and ideally invite Winston Churchill, Elon Musk and Brendon Urie round for takeout. But the big question is: pizza or Indian?
Cleo (left) comes from the Wirral and has always known that young people can change the world around them. She is inspired by great women like Michelle Obama and Marie Curie, who she believes is, “a great role model for getting girls into STEM subjects”. NCS hugely improved her confidence and she hopes others will take part and have similar life-changing experiences.
Kian, from Dartford, is enthusiastic, dedicated, confident and outgoing. He wants to make big impacts locally and nationally while on National Youth Board. He is particularly passionate about engaging young people in politics and fostering better understanding between young and elderly people. Oh, and he'd love to discuss tactics with Rugby Union coach Eddie Jones.
North Londoner Ayushi (left) would love to have Gordon Ramsay round for a takeaway, because she thinks it'd be pretty funny to see him pick apart the meal. She cares passionately about the environment, social equality and homelessness and can't wait to give back to while on National Youth Board.
Haris (right) is from Nottingham. He wants to improve the NCS programme for young people in the future, making it bigger and better than ever. He would like to see more social change around mental health, homelessness and loneliness and considers rapper Jon Bellion his role model.
Lira (left) cares about a number of social issues, ranging from war prevention to issues around young people and body image. She’s decisive and organised, putting those skills to the test by trying to get more young people in her hometown of Leeds to be aware of potential opportunities, giving them a path to success.
Shona (right), from Salisbury, is a good problem-solver and cares passionately about homelessness. She would have the late, great Robin Williams round for takeout alongside Michelle Obama and Winston Churchill – what a meal that would be! Shona wants to make changes to NCS so more people take part and make a difference in their local communities.
Shane wants to remove the stigma behind the intergenerational gap. He can’t wait to start work as a National Youth Board member after having an impactful year on his Regional Youth Board in Peterborough. He wants to make NCS even better and support his amazing Regional Board in their amazing work.
Andy (2nd right) wants to drive change in the communities he works in in Dorset, support NCS to improve and give young people in the UK a powerful voice – something he’s looking forward to doing on National Youth Board. He wants to use his leadership skills to help make NCS more accessible for everyone in the UK.
Rachel (centre), from Lincoln, wants to raise the voices of young people across the country and help tackle the social issues that are important to them. She is excited to keep working with NCS to support young people, aiming to improve their prospects, regardless of background. She’s also a keen photographer and writer.
Fenja (2nd left) is a practical, empathetic and helpful young person. The Doncaster local is looking forward to being part of a fantastic team and putting these skills to use during more social action projects. She loves anything related to the environment, and would have Sir David Attenborough round for tea in a second!
Artemis (right) is keen to raise the voices of young people in her home town of Manchester and across the country. She encourages anyone to do NCS as it was, "one of the best experiences that I ever had!". Eddie Redmayne is the lucky one receiving Artemis' invitation for a takeaway.
Miranda (right) says she developed so much as a person on NCS and wants to help other young people do the same. She’s interested in increasing the amount of social action in her area, especially around homelessness, mental health and animal cruelty. Emma Watson is a huge inspiration to her, and she hopes she can be as confident a public speaker as her one day!
Alexandra (centre), from Belfast, is a leader with killer confidence and motivation for miles. She believes NCS has made her "life more meaningful". She wants to make sure that NCS in Northern Ireland gets bigger and bigger so more young people can take part.
Shannon (left) is passionate that everyone from every background should have access to a good education, believing it is key to ending the poverty cycle, She’s excited to be a part of something bigger and make changes for young people and society – which is why she joined the National Youth Board.
Arya (left) is a resilient, adaptable and self-motivated leader from the South East. He wants to continue the good work NCS does across the nation. He was inspired to begin advocating for young people and spread awareness on important social issues after his experiences on NCS.
Hereford local Katiemae (left) wants to motivate young people to be kind and create positive change in their communities. She applied to join the National Youth Board because she loved her time on her Regional Board so much and wants to make a change nationally!