25 October 2011

Mayor to young Londoners: Join Team London!

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has called on the 2,000 London graduates of this summer's National Citizen Service (NCS) pilot scheme to join Team London and keep volunteering in their communities.

Through Team London NCS graduates have the chance to give back to their communities, while at the same time they develop skills that could help secure them future employment. Team London is the Mayor's ambitious programme to mobilse an army of volunteers to improve life across the capital and participants work across three key areas - reducing crime in the capital, increasing opportunities for young people and improving quality of life by cleaning and greening the city.

Mayor Johnson said: "The volunteering spirit that runs through young Londoners is truly inspiring.  At Team London we want to harness and direct this incredible energy, making sure it gets matched up with projects that are making this great city even better.

"Yet sometimes it seems that we only hear negative stories about young people in the capital so it is simply fantastic to be able to shine a light on the positive work of these NCS graduates and invite them all to join Team London today and keep up the good work."

Since 2008, tens of thousands of Londoners have taken part and Team London now aims to encourage an additional 10,000 to join in before May 2012. Young Londoners are also benefiting from the Mayor's apprenticeship drive, with over 30,000 already taking part. Boris lobbied and personally wrote to some of the capital's largest employers, urging them to take part and help more Londoners into work, while working to create 2,000 opportunities within the GLA group.

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