Students at North Liverpool Academy were given an exclusive performance by Jermain Jackman, winner of the BBC’s flagship singing competition, The Voice 2014.
Jermain performed his soon-to-be-released single “How Will I Know” and to talk to students about the life-changing impacts he experienced on the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.
NCS is a once–in-a-lifetime opportunity open to 15 to 17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland. It’s a unique two or three week full-time programme focused around fun and discovery, with participants volunteering at least 30 hours to a community project they create to address an issue important to them. The programme is designed to create a more cohesive society by mixing young teenagers from a wide variety of backgrounds, while supporting their transition into adulthood by enabling them to develop essential skills for work and life.
Jermain explained how NCS helped him overcome challenges such as presenting to a group, as well as giving him the confidence to achieve his ambitions, adding, “The last few years have been an incredible journey for me and I wanted to be able to share some of these experiences with students at North Liverpool Academy who are looking ahead to their own futures. For me, taking part in NCS in 2012 was a defining moment, helping me to develop the confidence to realise my ambitions. It was an experience I’d encourage everyone to say ‘yes’ to!”
Miss Jones, Head of Marketing for North Liverpool Academy, added, “We really enjoyed Jermain’s visit today and were thrilled to welcome him to our school. Jermain has a great story and it is important for the students to see that it is possible to achieve great academic results whilst also building interests beyond that. We wish him all the success with his album release.”
Ryan Weaver, responsible for the delivery of NCS in Liverpool commented, “We’re really grateful to Jermain for coming to Liverpool today and talk about the ‘yes’ moment that changed his life. NCS continues to inspire young people across the country, growing enthusiasm, entrepreneurialism and challenging them to create their own future, whilst also having a positive effect in the community. Teenagers can say yes today by visiting WWW.NCSYES.CO.UK”