The Challenge has conducted a survey into the impact that the National Citizen Service has on its participants.
By surveying over 100,000 participants of NCS between 2011 and 2013, we have been able to identify the long-term benefits that the programme provides to young people.
The extensive survey provided us with the following results:
- 88% of respondents agreed that NCS helped them to mix with people outside their local area.
- 76% stated that they have mixed with people of a different ethnicity to them after finishing NCS.
- 9 out of 10 respondents said they were more likely to volunteer.
- 70% have volunteered in the 6 months preceding the survey.
- 68% said that the programme helped them develop in both education and employment.
What is clear from the survey is that NCS is successfully fulfilling its aim to inspire young people to mix with people who are different from them and to continue to do so throughout their lives. The social action aspect of the National Citizen Service has also proved to incentivise people to take on volunteer opportunities and get involved in shaping their communities. NCS has helped to develop the character and resilience of thousands of young people, who now feel more confident to take on new responsibilities.