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Winner of The Voice and NCS ambassador visits Leeds schools

Winner of The Voice 2014 and NCS ambassador Jermain Jackman gives preview performance of debut album to students at Carr Manor Community School and Cooperative Academy in Leeds

• Jermain Jackman visits Carr Manor Community School and The Cooperative Academy to give sneak peek performance of his new single ahead of its release on 23 March
• Jermain takes over school assembly to talk to students about the life changing opportunities presented to him when he said yes to flagship youth programme NCS

_74062378_74062377Young people from Carr Manor Community School and The Cooperative Academy, both in Leeds, are to be given an exclusive performance when Jermain Jackman, winner of the BBC’s flagship singing competition, The Voice 2014, will take over an assembly at both schools to perform a single from his soon-to-be-released album and to talk to students about the life-changing impacts he experienced on the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme.

Jermain’s visit to Carr Manor Community School and The Cooperative Academy is part of a three week tour of schools across the country ahead of the launch of his self-titled debut album, meaning students from Leeds are some of the first to hear his new single, “How Will I Know”, due for release on the same day as his album 23 March.

As well as performing a selection of tracks from his self-titled album, Jermain spoke to the students about his experience on NCS, the country’s flagship youth programme, in 2012.

NCS is a once–in-a-lifetime opportunity open to 15 to 17 year olds across England and Northern Ireland. It is 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-Jackman-The-Voice-2-1024x576Jermain 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 in Leeds 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!”

Like Jermain, thousands of young people in West Yorkshire have taken part in NCS since it launched in 2011. So far, they have dedicated hours to the local community and raised money for charity through NCS.

Kylie Lewis, NCS Engagement Manager commented, “We’re really grateful to Jermain for coming to Leeds 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.”

To register interest in the summer NCS programme in Leeds, West Yorkshire or North Yorkshire, call 0800 027 9111.

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