At a time when the image of youngsters has been badly damaged, an MP has backed an MK Dons Sport and Education (MK Dons SET) is their initiative to help the Government’s vision to build a Big Society.
Mark Lancaster MP for Milton Keynes North visited MK Dons’ stadiummk to learn about an innovative youth programme which has been backed by the government and is being run in partnership with the SET and the Football League Trust.
Thirty-five young people have been actively involved in team building and personal challenges as well as planning and delivering projects that make a real difference in their own communities.
The projects range from making anti-racism music videos to running community fun days, regenerating underpasses with street art and raising awareness of disability sports.
Participants took part in a ‘speed-dating’ event with local organisations that were able to share ideas with young people about how they could become ‘active citizens’.
Team Leaders from The Youth Service, Community Action:MK and MK Dons Sport & Education Trust were also there to meet Mark and talk about their very positive experiences of working with the group this year.
Young people presented Mr Lancaster with his very own NCS hoodie which he wore with pride and said: “I was so impressed by the young people at the MK Dons National Citizen Service who are using their imagination and hard work to make a real difference in their communities.
“To take on projects such as renovating underpasses and organising community days shows not only maturity, but a real dedication to the areas in which they live.
“After everything that has happened this week, I was so heartened to meet those who prove the majority of young people are good people – and proud to wear one of their hoodies!”
The group will join hundreds of other 16-18 year olds in September for a huge celebration event at Wembley Arena to recognise the fantastic contribution the young people have made to their communities as well as the new skills and experiences they have had during their NCS journey.