Over 9000 Challenge participants will carry out social action projects in partnership with our local community partners. The projects will take place in September as part of the ‘Real Challenge’, the final part of The Challenge experience where young people get the chance to volunteer with a community organisation.

Last week, our newly appointed Chairman Colin Smith took to the spotlight in appearances on BBC programmes Daily Politics on Wednesday and PM programme on Thursday. Both appearances were opportunities for Colin to elaborate points made in an article he wrote in The Times newspaper on June 26.

2011 Challenge graduate, Meg Kneafsey, has received international interest in a facebook campaign entitled ‘I amTherefore’. ‘IamTherefore’ is a photography based campaign aimed at challenging misconceptions and stereotypes through photography.

On Thursday 16th February, 109 Challenge graduates took part in a mass overnight sleep out. The event, entitled ‘Street Dreams’, was organised by the Birmingham Challenge Society Youth Board and highlighted the plight of young people at risk of becoming homeless.

The Challenge Network, in partnership with vInspired, Catch 22 and London Youth, was recently awarded a £964,000 grant from the Social Action Fund to support on-going opportunities for NCS graduates and their friends.

On Wednesday 15th February, graduates joined local councillors, charities and community groups at The View Tube, located near the Olympic Park for the official launch of The Challenge in East London. For the first time this year, 675 school leavers in the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Newham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest will have the opportunity to take part in The Challenge.

On Friday 20th April, 56 young people aged 14-18 took part in a community youth festival held at Queens Road Baptist Church in Coventry. The event connected young people with community partners through skills exchange workshops, aimed at developing entrepreneurial skills and building relationships between people who would not normally work together.

New research reveals that the Government’s National Citizen Service (NCS) scheme gives young people the chance to develop skills for the future and helps them feel more positive towards people from different backgrounds.

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