David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has welcomed the launch of the second year of National Citizen Service.
National Citizen Service is a scheme for 16 year olds first proposed by David Cameron in 2005 and now introduced by the Coalition government.
It brings together 16-year-olds from different backgrounds in the summer after they have taken their GCSEs to work together and give something back to their communities. After three weeks of team-building and outdoors activities, participants spend 30 hours helping improve their communities.
There will be 170 places available on National Citizen Service for young people in Bexley this summer.
Mr Evennett said: “National Citizen is an excellent way to meet new people, work as a team, learn new skills and give something back. Having met one of the local operators, I am sure that these places will be of great benefit to young people and our local community. I very much hope that in time, this programme can be extended to all 16 year olds”.