The Challenge is the UK's leading social integration charity, connecting and inspiring people across Britain to strengthen their communities. Our National Citizen Service (NCS) programme brings together young people from different backgrounds, builds their confidence, and challenges them to make a difference in their local community. Our NCS is part of the National Citizen Service (NCS), a life-changing experience for 16 and 17-year-olds. The scheme is available to people from all backgrounds. Young people get the chance to do outdoor activities, meet new people and give something back to their communities. By taking part they learn new skills and have a great experience they can put on their CVs or college applications. NCS promotes: • a more cohesive society by mixing participants from different backgrounds; • a more responsible society by supporting young people’s transition into adulthood; • a more engaged society by enabling young people to work together to create social action projects in their local communities.