A group of North East teens joined forces this week to make their mark on a truly interstellar social action project. Not satisfied with the massive positive change they made in their community as part of their 2016 NCS journey, they set their sights towards the stars.

The culmination of a six month NASA scheme for UK young people resulted in nine North East teens being the first humans to set foot on the moon since Apollo 17. The group felt they needed to do something after hearing that the moon had become a junk yard for obsolete satellites and hardware caused by decade of communications infrastructure projects by world governments and media companies.

Shouting loud and proud about the interstellar project, NCS grad Alex said:

“We wanted to make our mark by doing something which would benefit everybody on the planet. We cleaned the moon just like we cleaned the beach as part of our NCS social action project. As a result the moon is now almost 5% brighter – so now North East councils can switch off street lighting on clear full-moon nights: saving around £1m per year and reducing the carbon footprint of our communities.

Project leader Stephanie said:

“Through our NCS experience, we’ve got the confidence, leadership and team work skills to make something like a moon clean seem totally possible. We even met a local on the light side of the moon (who looks a bit like a seahorse!) who said that we’ve really helped them feel better about their local area and inspired them to begin recycling the space junk to make a community surface space with an x-ray canopy screen so they don’t have to stay beneath the surface when there’s bad weather (solar flares).”

NASA project spokesperson said:

“This was an incredible project to realise as part of our ‘Youth Orbit’ programme and we’re incredibly proud of these NCSers. However, we can neither confirm nor deny the existence of any ‘locals’ on the moon.”

In 2016 alone, NCS participants in the North East dedicated more than 214,000 hours to making a difference in their communities. Research shows that NCS leaves young people feeling more able to have an impact on the world around them.

Every year NCS celebrate the amazing difference teens make in their communities during NCS Action Day in early spring, a celebration of the amazing difference these young people make to their local community, with the hope of inspiring others to do the same. Next, the ‘moon group’ NCSers have their sights set closer to home, planning to finally gain their V100 award, a nationally recognised volunteering award linked to the NCS programme.

Marketing Manager for NCS North East, Kelly Paterson said:

“We are extremely proud of our North East NCS grads and the NASA ‘Youth Orbit’ project was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to celebrate the incredible achievements of every single out-of-this –world NCS teen in the North East. It’s great to see how thousands of North East teens have rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in with community projects, showing their commitment and passion for making a positive change in their local area. We hope this latest space-based initiative will inspire other teenagers to reach for the stars!”

Excitingly, teens don’t have to go to the moon in order to make a difference*. Thousands of young people from across the region have already signed up for the life-changing NCS Summer programme, which includes working with their team on local causes and issues that they care about. Book now at www.ncsnortheast.co.uk or call 0191 247 4020.

*PS: This article MIGHT just possibly be an April Fool’s joke.